Daily Archives: October 14, 2020

2020-10-14: News Headlines

Megan Sherman (2020-10-14). The Show Trial of Julian Assange Is an Attack on the Right to Dissent. globalresearch.ca Wikileaks' ascendancy has led to a revolution in publishing and politics that has been felt across the world, and was synonymous with the hope of the Arab spring. But a crackdown is now in full swing. The sudden, shocking ascendancy …

James O'Neill (2020-10-14). Controversy Over the Alleged Abortion Views of Amy Coney Barrett Misses Wider Issues. dissidentvoice.org The nomination to the United States Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett has raised again the issue of access to abortion, legalised in the United States in the decision in Roe v Wade 410 US 113 (1973) 47 years ago. If Ms Barrett is confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court it will make …

Ali Harb (2020-10-14). 'Out-vote the hate': Tlaib and Omar call for large Muslim turnout. middleeasteye.net 'Out-vote the hate': Tlaib and Omar call for large Muslim turnout | At virtual event hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders, the congresswomen and other prominent US Muslims called for 'historic' turnout to defeat Trump | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 03: 55 | 'Go out there and make sure this election is too big to rig,' Rashida Tlaib says (AFP/File photo) | Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar along with other prominent Mus…

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-14). In Afghanistan, American Troops patrol the same routes their fathers did. mronline.org Thousands of U.S. soldiers continue to pace and patrol exactly the same routes as their predecessors did in 2001, fighting a seemingly endless conflict that both the American and Afghan public have long since soured on.

Askiah Adam (2020-10-14). The Palestinian Struggle Betrayed. globalresearch.ca The Abraham Accord signed recently between Israel on the one hand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other, is touted as a peace deal. They were not at war. There was peace between them and much …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-14). 'We are Many, They are Few': Nonviolent Resistance to the Elite's COVID-19 Coup. globalresearch.ca On 16 August 1819, an estimated 60,000 pro-democracy and anti-poverty activists were peacefully protesting the utterly corrupt nature of the Parliament in Westminster and demanding the reform of parliamentary representation (which afforded less than 2% of people the right to …

MEE and agencies (2020-10-14). Lebanon and Israel hold unprecedented talks on disputed maritime border. middleeasteye.net Lebanon and Israel hold unprecedented talks on disputed maritime border | The two countries, technically at war, are seeking to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 11: 14 | Vehicles of the UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL are pictured in the southernmost area of Naqoura, by the border with Israel, where talks between Israel and Leb…

African Bar Association (2020-10-14). Threats to the Life of Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege in Seeking Peace and Justice in the DRC. globalresearch.ca The African Bar Association wishes to express deep concern about the recent threats to the life and person of Dr. Denis Mukwege. This misguided threats arising from the activist activities of the Nobel Laureate in seeking for justice in …

Alan Macleod (2020-10-14). 55 Million People Face Famine as COVID-Ravaged Economies Fail To Meet Funding Goals. mintpressnews.com Nations the world over have scrambled to take emergency action in the wake of COVID-19, as businesses have been disrupted, supply lines cut and economies stunted, leaving foreign aid programs underfunded and millions without food.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-14). Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected. mintpressnews.com The rejection of Saudi Arabia, the only country that did not receive the required number of votes from UN member states, has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom's decreasing international support.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-14). Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the 'Legitimacy War'. counterpunch.org 'International law' remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Walden Bello (2020-10-14). How the IMF and World Bank Turned a Pandemic into a Public Relations Stunt. counterpunch.org The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual fall meetings this week in the midst of a pandemic that has blazed a path of massive disaster through countries of the global South. COVID-19 has presented the Bretton Woods twins, on the seventy-sixth anniversary of their founding, with a grand opportunity, not to

Howard Lisnoff (2020-10-14). So Long, Sister Ardeth Platte, Anti-Nuclear Activist. counterpunch.org Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun and antinuclear protester, died ("Ardeth Platte, Dominican Nun and Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 84," New York Times, October 8, 2020) during the night or early morning of the first presidential debate. When Sister Ardeth broke into a nuclear missile facility in Colorado, she recited "Oh God, help us to be

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-14). Syria's Devastating Forest Fires. globalresearch.ca The Syrian people who have already been suffering from nearly a decade of externally waged Hybrid War are now forced to deal with the environmental devastation caused by the 156 forest fires that recently ravaged the Arab Republic, though most …

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-14). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "Intent" to Remove Trump from Office by Invoking the 25th Amendment? A Politically Desperate Distraction. globalresearch.ca This is a politically desperate distraction which hints that the Democrats aren't as confident about former Vice President Joe Biden's supposedly impending victory as their media surrogates are trying to convince everyone is bound to happen in a few weeks' …

RT (2020-10-14). Twitter BLOCKS sharing links to NYPost's Hunter Biden emails story, invoking 'HACKED MATERIALS' policy for first time ever. rt.com Twitter has one-upped Facebook's censorship regarding a story based on alleged emails from Democratic candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter about his Ukraine dealings, blocking all users from sharing it via tweet or direct message. | Twitter users were blocked on Wednesday from sharing the

RT (2020-10-14). Merriam-Webster labels 'sexual preference' OFFENSIVE after uproar over LGBTQ terminology during SCOTUS confirmation hearing. rt.com Merriam-Webster has been accused of politicizing its dictionary after it flagged the term 'sexual preference' as offensive, mirroring a complaint leveled against Amy Coney Barrett during her SCOTUS confirmation hearing. | The curious edit was spotted hours after Barrett was lambasted for using the phrase "sexual preference" to refer to LGBTQ Americans' sexual orientations as she answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. | Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono berated the conservative Supreme Court nominee for using the term, claiming that it was "offensive and outdated." The senator alleged…

news.un (2020-10-14). Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan. news.un.org Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted last weekend between security forces and Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported.

Stephanie Kirchgaessner (2020-10-14). 'It instilled such problems': ex-member of Amy Coney Barrett's faith group speaks out. zcomm.org Former insiders and religious scholars say scrutiny of Barrett's connection to People of Praise is entirely legitimate…

Chris Walker (2020-10-14). Barrett Decried Roe's "Barbaric Legacy," But Now Says She Doesn't Have an Agenda. zcomm.org Amy Coney Barrett refused on Tuesday to give a straightforward answer on the question of whether she believes a landmark abortion case should remain intact or not…

_____ (2020-10-14). Two Massive New Leaks Show Dirty Underbelly Of Empire. popularresistance.org Most Americans don't know reality. | They know their personal reality, but unfortunately their reality is thoroughly detached from real pure, uncut reality. For example, do they know that police across the country work with corporations to criminalize journalism? Do they know that large PR companies created a false reality to justify U.S. intervention in Syria? Do they know the word "intervention" acts as a euphemism for "cold-blooded murder under false pretenses"? | Americans don't know these aspects of reality. You and I wouldn't know either if it weren't for leaks and whistleblowers.

_____ (2020-10-14). An Indigenous MƒÅori View Of Doughnut Economics. popularresistance.org Working in sustainability, one understands that context is key. When we fail to identify or understand the nuanced, complex, systemic and local context of a situation, the best-intentioned solutions simply won't solve society's most pressing problems. | The first economic model I came across which offered an effective, modern context for our planet was the doughnut, developed by acclaimed economist and author, Kate Raworth. | To inform the local context for sustainability, I felt New Zealand needed a doughnut of its own. I have been to too many meetings held to discuss issues affecting minority groups (Mƒ&Ar…

Staff (2020-10-14). Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy: Samuel Moyn on Reforming an Undemocratic Institution. democracynow.org As Republicans race to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to Election Day and cement a conservative majority on the top court for a generation or more, calls are growing for Joe Biden to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president. But Yale legal scholar Samuel Moyn argues that beyond "packing the court" and other measures commonly proposed to rebalance the Supreme Court's ideological makeup, the institution as a whole must be weakened in order to safeguard democracy. "This country was founded on minority rule and the rejection of democracy, and t…

Staff (2020-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2020. democracynow.org White House Pursuing "Herd Immunity" Strategy Condemned by WHO as "Unethical", Trump Holds Packed Campaign Rallies in Defiance of Social Distancing Orders, "Potential Safety Concern" Halts Clinical Trial of Eli Lilly Antibody Treatment, Amy Coney Barrett Won't Commit to Recusing Herself If 2020 Election Is Decided by SCOTUS, FBI Says Far-Right Anti-Government Group Plotted to Kidnap Virginia Governor, More Witnesses Corroborate Claims of Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals, Trailing in Polls, Trump Appeals to White Suburban Women and Farmers, Supreme Court Will Allow Trump Admin to Halt Census Count a Month Ea…

Staff (2020-10-14). Can Trump Delay Election or Reject Peaceful Transition of Power? Amy Coney Barrett Refuses to Say. democracynow.org Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced 11 hours of questioning in the Senate Tuesday but refused to provide clarity about her views on the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade, voting rights and even if President Trump could delay the election. Republicans are racing to confirm the 48-year-old federal judge before Election Day, which would give conservatives a commanding 6-3 majority on the high court. We air highlights from the marathon session.

Staff (2020-10-14). Dahlia Lithwick: Amy Coney Barrett May Claim Neutrality, But Her Record Is "Extremely Conservative" democracynow.org In the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the federal judge's refusal to answer basic questions on voter intimidation and whether a president can delay elections did her "no favors" and was part of an aim to "present herself as neutral; she's an open book; whatever she was before, whatever she ruled on the bench before, is immaterial," says Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter for Slate.com. "There are some issues that don't need to be approached with an open mind. … She could have allayed a lot of fears."

_____ (2020-10-14). Packing the Court: Why Joe Biden Can't Commit. strategic-culture.org The latest issue roiling the U.S. presidential race is the Supreme Court and what to do if it bucks the wishes of the ruling party. The reason is the Amy Coney Barrett nomination, which, assuming it goes through, could result in a 6-3 conservative majority lasting well into the 2030s. | Since this would spell doom for a Biden-Harris administration, Democrats have come up with what they think is a perfect solution. It's called packing the court, and it entails expanding "the Supremes" from nine to fifteen members in order to fill the ranks with liberals guaranteed to toe the party line. | It's neat, clean, and con…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Abdullah Abdullah to visit Tehran on Sunday: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is set to visit Iran on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran home to one of oldest, deepest cultures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Andre Vltchek a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, and journalist has described Iran as home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.

F. William Engdahl (2020-10-14). The Malevolent Encirclement of Russia. globalresearch.ca Over recent weeks a series of events in the states surrounding the Russian Federation has erupted that certainly are not being greeted with joy in the Kremlin. Each crisis center of itself is not a definitive game-changer for future Russian …

Robert Norse (2020-10-14). Flyer Distributed During the Indigenous Slaughter Day Protest. indybay.org Two demonstrations were held remembering the lives and deaths of Native people as well as the local homeless and poor on October 12th also known in settler-celebrator circles as "Columbus Day" and among others as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Lawrence Wittner (2020-10-14). Memories of Voter Suppression. dissidentvoice.org Back in July 1962, when, according to Donald Trump, America was "great," I was in the Deep South, working to register Black voters. It was a near-hopeless project, given the mass disenfranchisement of the region's Black population that was enforced by Southern law and an occasional dose of white terrorism. It all started in the …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-14). US and France on the Brink of Trade War. globalresearch.ca The geopolitics of the cyber world is again influencing the global political and economic order. Now, a new international tension arises around a digital tax, known as the 'Google tax'. Such tension could trigger a trade war, this time between …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-14). Another right-wing candidate withdraws from upcoming elections in Bolivia. peoplesdispatch.org Jorge Quiroga is the third right-wing presidential candidate who has dropped out of the electoral race in the past one month to unite against the progressive Movement Towards Socialism party…

Chris Smith (2020-10-14). Biodiversity is an Asset Worth Bending Over Backwards to Protect. counterpunch.org Last month, hundreds of thousands of birds dropped dead out of the skies of New Mexico, in a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie. The world is facing an extinction crisis, a biodiversity collapse. Events such as this are likely to become more common. The rapid loss of plants and animals across the globe

Joshua Cho (2020-10-14). Socialism's increasing popularity doesn't bring media out of McCarthy era. mronline.org Ever since the Great Recession in 2008, and accelerating with Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential run, there has been a resurgence of popularity and interest in socialism in the U.S., and an increasing skepticism of capitalism.

Editor (2020-10-14). Derecho al voto: 'caridad capitalista' vs democracia obrera. workers.org Durante esta temporada de elecciones en Estados Unidos, mucha gente sigue luchando por acceder al derecho universal burgués al voto, supuestamente la fundación de la "democracia" capitalista. Ha sido una lucha cuesta arriba desde 1776 cuando solo los hombres blancos con propiedades que eran protestantes podían votar legalmente. A todos . . . |

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-14). California nurses declare: 'Patients over profits!'. workers.org California nurses during their Oct. 7-12 strike. This statement was released Oct.7 by the Organizing Committee of the Workers Assembly. Over 1,000 nurses in California began a five-day strike on Oct. 7 to protest hospital management's failure to protect nurses and patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The . . . |

Eds. (2020-10-14). Exposing Trump's deadly sanctions on Venezuela. mronline.org KEN LIVINGSTONE looks in-depth at the story of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.

Bob Lord (2020-10-14). Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme. counterpunch.org We've all seen the stats on America's extreme inequality. Over 20 percent of our nation's income flows to the top 1 percent. The top 1 percent's share of our country's wealth is approaching 40 percent. Our top 0.1 percent hold roughly the same share of our wealth as our bottom 90 percent. All eye-popping numbers

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-10-14). Our Downward Path to Wisdom. counterpunch.org Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us—if at all—not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. — T S Eliot, "The Hollow Men" (1925) I remember about a quarter century ago, I read about some LA nut job who sat down in an

Workers World Party (2020-10-14). Answer to fascist threat? Working class struggle! workers.org The following are lightly edited remarks from Workers World Party's Oct. 8 webinar on the recent election debates, with WWP's First Secretary Larry Holmes in New York City, leading comrade Teresa Gutierrez in San Antonio, and comrade moderator Ted Kelly in Philadelphia. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 . . . |

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-10-14). Annual Alpine Crucifixions. dissidentvoice.org Morgen in Riesengebirge, by Caspar David Friedrich Sometimes it can be useful to be brief. Last year, the wave of worry, promoted by the Swedish Alberich, without at least the artistic virtue of her deceased compatriot, Birgit Nilsson, stimulated predictions of imminent Gà∂tterdà§mmerung. This virtually Wagnerian kitsch was further dramatised by the pretensious performers of troupes apocalyptical …

Joe Piette (2020-10-14). Vietnam refugee leader arrested for protesting ICE crimes. workers.org Nancy just after being released from jail Oct 9. Philadelphia — Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director of VietLead, a Philadelphia-based Vietnamese refugee organization, was handcuffed and arrested Oct. 8 as she was changing her one-year-old baby's diaper in her Philadelphia home. Her arrest involved the cooperation of several federal and . . . |

Staff (2020-10-14). Is returning to the classroom worth the risk? therealnews.com Baltimore City Schools say they can safely return the most-at risk students to the classroom, but some argue reopening too soon could exacerbate chronic racial health disparities.

Staff (2020-10-14). This is what the sixth mass extinction looks like. And here's why you should care. therealnews.com Unhealthy ecosystems jeopardize our ability to meet our most basic needs: Water, food, medicine, clean air. There is no one on the planet this doesn't impact. And loss of biodiversity hurts the poorest the most.

Kenneth Surin (2020-10-14). Britain Takes a Beating…From Itself. counterpunch.org UK Covid-19 positive tests surged 56% in a week. At the same time, contact-tracing descended to a new low– 5,722 fewer people were tested. Only two-thirds of those who tested positive had their details entered into the tracing system, and a mere 68.6% of the immediate contacts of positive cases were reached. In addition, waiting times have risen again for those awaiting test results.

Jason Hickel (2020-10-14). A response to McAfee: No, the "Environmental Kuznets Curve" won't save us. mronline.org A number of people have asked me to respond to a piece that Andrew McAfee wrote for Wired, promoting his book, which claims that rich countries — and specifically the United States — have accomplished the miracle of "green growth" and "dematerialization", absolutely decoupling GDP from resource use.

Staff (2020-10-14). TRNN talks to Kentucky lawmaker Attica Scott, who was arrested at a protest for Breonna Taylor. therealnews.com Scott helped author legislation banning no-knock warrants, known as "Breonna's Law."

MEE and agencies (2020-10-14). Ban on Kurdish-language play in Istanbul sparks condemnation. middleeasteye.net Ban on Kurdish-language play in Istanbul sparks condemnation | Mayor of Istanbul slams governor's decision to ban satirical play over 'PKK propaganda' | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 10: 15 | Actor Ruges Kirici outside the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theatre after authorities had banned a Kurdish-language play, 13 October 2020 (AFP) | Istanbul's governorate has banned a Kurdish-language play th…

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is badly hamstrung by the 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. mronline.org On October 5, 2020, the England and Wales Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision from July that denied the Venezuelan government access to 31 metric tons of its gold stored in the Bank of London.

Melvin Goodman (2020-10-14). Trump's Weaponization of the National Security State. counterpunch.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump's most vocal loyalist and a serial violator of the Hatch Act, carried out the president's order to release Hillary Clinton's emails sent through her home server between 2009 and 2012. Trump said that he was "not happy" with the way the secretary was "running the State Department" and that he should "get them out." Pompeo immediately announced he would do so on Trump's network, Fox News.

Gabriel Rockhill (2020-10-14). Liberalism and Fascism: Partners in Crime. counterpunch.org Time and again we hear that liberalism is the last bulwark against fascism. It represents a defense of the rule of law and democracy in the face of aberrant, malevolent demagogues intent on destroying a perfectly good system for their own gain. This apparent opposition has been deeply engrained in contemporary so-called Western liberal democracies through their shared origin myth.

Michael Perelman (2020-10-14). The political economy of intellectual property. mronline.org The dramatic expansion of intellectual property rights represents a new stage in commodification that threatens to make virtually everything bad about capitalism even worse.

Liberation Staff (2020-10-14). Workers Party of Ireland on Denver organizers: "Stop U.S. Repression, Drop the Charges!" liberationnews.org The Workers' Party of Ireland expresses its extreme concern at the growing repression against those who stand up and speak out against the United States and their reactionary regime.

RT (2020-10-14). Idaho university threatens expulsion for students who DELIBERATELY contract coronavirus to sell plasma with antibodies. rt.com Idaho's Brigham Young University has urged students to refrain from purposely infecting themselves with the coronavirus in hopes of cashing in on payments for plasma donations, threatening expulsion for those caught doing so. | "BYU-Idaho is deeply troubled by accounts of individuals who have intentionally exposed themselves for others to Covid-19, with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains Covid-19 antibodies," the school said in a recent The university condemns this behavior and is active…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-14). The Heat: China's response to COVID-19. america.cgtn.com China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year. While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. …

John R. Hall (2020-10-14). Superman Versus The Davos Despots. dissidentvoice.org George Carlin warned all good Americans to think critically at their own peril. Although life has now become somewhat difficult…even lonely at times, I have forsaken his fascetious advice. When I was a child, my grandfather was my god. Pops. I can still see his steady eyes touching some secret place deep inside me as …

Global Research News (2020-10-14). Selected Articles: The Malevolent Encirclement of Russia. globalresearch.ca By A recent RAND study prepared for the US Army suggests with remarkable accuracy who might be behind what will undoubtedly become a major threat to Russian security …

William D. Hartung (2020-10-14). The US Is Still the World's Biggest Arms Dealer. thenation.com Regardless of who is elected president this November, American arms businesses will continue to export arsenals to the Middle East and around the world.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-10-14). Becoming U.S. Fortress Against China Does More Damage than Good for Taiwan. globalresearch.ca The $1.4 billion increase in Taiwan's military spending next year is still not enough to achieve effective defense, said David Helvey, Principal Director for East Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-14). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca The Great Reset book is full with predictions of things that will or may happen, and threats, like the world will never be the same again, and we are just at the beginning of the Reset, worse is to come — or the Great Transformation, as the IMF calls what is coming.

Ralph Nader (2020-10-14). Expected Countervailing Forces to Trumpism are Failing. zcomm.org Trump has shown just how weak our various countervailing institutions and constitutional standards are in checking the excesses of the most impeachable President in American history…

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-10-14). Can the US Federal Reserve End Racism? Eliminate Disparities in Income, Employment and Wealth? globalresearch.ca House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters and Senator Elizabeth Warren have introduced the Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equity Act. This legislation directs the Federal Reserve to eliminate racial disparities in income, employment, wealth, and access to credit. | Eliminating racial …

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-14). Trump Regime/Russia New START Talks at Impasse. globalresearch.ca As long as nuclear weapons exist, the chance of their use ahead — as once before unjustifiably — is ominously high. | Humanity has a clear choice. Eliminate these weapons entirely or risk their eliminating us. | The history of warfare shows …

Tracy Keeling (2020-10-14). Boris Johnson has broken the whopping promise he made to Brits a year ago today. thecanary.co The 2019 Queen's Speech, which laid out the government's intentions, took place on 14 October that year. In the speech, the Queen The government has since carried out a consultation that

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is hamstrung by 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. peoplesdispatch.org The Bank of England has refused to hand over 31 metric tons of gold that belongs to Venezuela. This gold worth $1.95 billion is planned to go toward the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies…

Zero Hedge (2020-10-14). Facebook Bans Ads Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Mark Zuckerberg has clearly had enough of being hauled in front of Congress and hectored by a gang of senior citizens and listening to the head of the ACLU slam his company as a vessel for violent hate speech. Because …

Editor (2020-10-14). The Art of the Weapons Deal in the Age of Trump. scheerpost.com By William D. Hartung / TomDispatch The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world's leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the endlessly war-torn Middle East. There, believe it or not, the U.S. controls nearly half the arms market. From Yemen to Libya to Egypt, sales by this country and its… |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-14). Protests against police violence in Nigeria continue for the sixth day. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters' main demands are the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police and an end to police brutality. The government was forced to give in and dissolve SARS…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-10-14). All It Takes Is a Spark: Syrian Wildfires Turn Olive Trees into Ashes. globalresearch.ca Latakia: Friday morning in the coastal city of Latakia, Syria seemed normal at first. Even though the October weather was still far hotter than normal, not many noticed the unusually strong winds wiping through the countryside, filled with olives, citrus, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-14). Massive protests rock Kashmir's Srinagar after security forces allegedly assault two youth. peoplesdispatch.org On October 13, Tuesday, protests hit Srinagar in Kashmir following an alleged assault on two youth by patrolling soldiers in the city's Rawalpora area. Locals came out on the streets in large numbers raising anti-army slogans, and blocked a main road in the city. Protesters have demanded strict action against the personnel involved in the assault on 20-year-old Shahid Ahad and 21-year-old Auqib Dar. | As per the families of the youth, the two were merely passing by when they were stopped by the stationed troops, who then began "thrashing them indiscriminately." The two received critical injuries and were immediat…

Joseph Massad (2020-10-14). France's 'Crisis' with Islam: A Legacy of 200 Years of Colonial Brutality. globalresearch.ca France is in crisis. | Official and unofficial Christian French radical extremism, legitimising itself under the umbrella of what the French ostentatiously call laicité, continues to increase its attacks on French and non-French Muslims. |

John V. Walsh (2020-10-14). Anti-Chinese Racism Sets Stage for New McCarthyism. globalresearch.ca More than a dozen young visiting scholars from China had their visas abruptly terminated in a

Helen Buyniski (2020-10-14). How to Kill a Thriving Metropolis in 7 Months: New York City's COVID-19 Failure. globalresearch.ca Seven months into the pandemic, as many US states inch back toward 'normal', New York is in the grips of a crime wave, reinvigorated lockdowns, and widespread fear of pretty much everything. Thank local government. | New York City has lost …

The Global Research Team (2020-10-14). Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support. globalresearch.ca Dear Global Research Readers, | As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-14). Protests intensify in Thailand in response to pre-emptive arrests by police. peoplesdispatch.org 21 individuals were arrested from the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on October 13, Tuesday, as they congregated for demonstrations planned for the next day. The news of the arrests has triggered widespread outrage and protests…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-10-14). Russia and the European Union Looking for Common Business Language. globalresearch.ca Despite the series of sanctions, corporate European businesses are still highly interested in Russia and Russia recognizes the enormous significance and invaluable contributions of these businesses in its economy. The stark reality is that there are more European businesses in …

Joe Mellor (2020-10-14). UK Legal Action Launched over Missing £3 Billion Tories Spent on Private Coronavirus Contracts. globalresearch.ca "When billions of pounds of public money is handed out to private companies, some of them with political connections but no experience in delivering medical supplies, ministers should be explaining why those companies were awarded the contracts." | *** | There has …

Docs4opendebate (2020-10-14). Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media. globalresearch.ca We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-10-14). COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with AstraZeneca: A Threat to Public Health. globalresearch.ca A Reuters This is despite the vaccine not only not having passed clinical trials or having …

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-10-14). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …

Carla Stea (2020-10-14). Human Rights Debate at UN Security Council. Horrifying Social Consequences of US Sanctions Inflicted on North Korea. globalresearch.ca During the press briefing outlining Russia's program of work for their October Presidency of the UN Security Council, I mentioned the offer by Dr. Kee B. Park, Director of the Korea Policy Project at Harvard Medical School, and renowned …

Peter Geoghegan (2020-10-14). UK Government Accused of 'Cronyism' after Tory Councilor Wins £156m COVID Contract. globalresearch.ca A small, loss-making firm run by a Conservative councillor in Stroud was given a £156m contract to import PPE from China without any competition, openDemocracy has learned. | Steve Dechan's company, P14 Medical, signed the huge contract to supply medical …

WSWS (2020-10-14). Trump's "herd immunity" policy and right-wing terror. wsws.org On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of "herd immunity."

munkle (2020-10-14). "Professor Lockdown" Neil Ferguson, Whose Model Prompted "New Normal" Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca In an astonishing direct connection to the

WSWS (2020-10-14). Britain: The world's second largest arms exporter and friend to warmongers and despots. wsws.org The list of Britain's customers reads like a roll call of the most corrupt and blood-soaked regimes on the planet.

Al-Masdar News (2020-10-14). Muammar Gaddafi's Cousin to Sue Hillary Clinton for 'Destroying Libya'. globalresearch.ca The political official of the Libyan National Struggle Front, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, began on Monday, the first steps to sue former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on charges of spreading destruction and supporting terrorism in Libya. | The cousin of the …

_____ (2020-10-14). Gambling industry generates four times more taxes and jobs than fishing. truepublica.org.uk Britain, in particular, has a long and rich history of the gambling industry that goes back to around the 1500s. Spa towns such as Bath, Epsom, and Tunbridge Wells became popular after around that time for the wealthy. They enjoyed lawn bowling and dancing, as well as the medical benefits that spa towns were perceived …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-14). White Americans Are More Demonized Than Jews In Nazi Germany. thealtworld.com After 55 years of special privileges and special pleading for black Americans, where do we stand? Integration has failed. Black Americans, or more correctly, those who speak for them, want black-only towns, black-only college dorms, black-only dining halls, and a black national anthem. Except for the black anthem, that's what they had a half century ago prior to "affirmative action." | How is it that when blacks demand segregation, it is not racism? | As Lawrence Stratton and I demonstrated in our book The New Color Line (1), racial quotas were strictly prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Nevertheless, the l…

_____ (2020-10-14). Dangers Of Military Confrontation Around Taiwan And South China Sea. popularresistance.org Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as a freedom of navigation show of force missions to remind the Chinese government that the U.S. considers the Western Pacific and the South China Sea as a part of the oceans of America and its allies. Additionally, in 2020, the Trump administration ratcheted up tensions with China over Taiwan by sending to Taiwan the highest-ranking U.S. officials in over forty years.

Akela Lacy (2020-10-14). How Texas Republicans Paved the Way for Their Own Demise. zcomm.org The Texas GOP's business-friendly policies have brought unexpected electoral changes to the state's booming suburbs…

Katherine J. Cramer (2020-10-14). We Can't Ignore Rural Voter Resentment. zcomm.org Political scientist Katherine J. Cramer has studied the changing political attitudes of rural Wisconsinites — a group that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. "Rural resentment" may not get much attention, but it's a real and powerful force in US politics…

Badri Raina (2020-10-14). Sanitising the Polity: Making the Protester Invisible. zcomm.org What is a democracy in which roads and public spaces come to be given precedence over the common humanity who build them and put them to use?>

Fathimah Fildzah Izzati (2020-10-14). Indonesia: kill the bill, or it will kill us all. zcomm.org Indonesia's trade unions and social movements are taking to the streets against anti-worker legislation…

_____ (2020-10-14). Fracked Gas Pipeline In Brooklyn Continues. popularresistance.org New York City – Fracked gas could soon be running through a new pipeline near you, despite rising calls for construction on the North Brooklyn Pipeline to be halted immediately. | National Grid started construction on the Metropolitan Natural Gas Reliability Project — also known as the North Brooklyn Pipeline — more than three years ago in May 2017. | Now the first four phases of the pipeline are almost complete, and the utility wants to start running gas through it in the coming months, according to state filings.

_____ (2020-10-14). Military Bases Never Go Unused. popularresistance.org If, like me, you have the unfortunate habit of pointing out the dishonesty of the cases made for various wars, and you begin to persuade people that the wars are not actually for the eradication of the weapons of mass destruction that they proliferate, or the elimination of the terrorists that they generate, or the spreading of the democracy that they stifle, most people will soon ask "Well, then, what are the wars for?" | At this point, there are two common mistakes. One is to suppose there's a single answer. The other is to suppose that the answers must all make rational sense.

_____ (2020-10-14). California Is Ready To Pilot A Postal Banking Solution. popularresistance.org The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is under attack and at grave risk. But with that many Americans are awakening to both the value of the USPS and the manifest dangers of privatization. The crisis has also sparked renewed interest in postal banking, a win-win approach that could both make the USPS more financially resilient and provide badly needed financial services to tens of millions of Americans. | Over the past several months, this constitutionally enshrined and highly-regarded public institution has been sabotaged from both within and without.

_____ (2020-10-14). When Is An obelisk Not Just An Obelisk? popularresistance.org New Mexico – When I was a child, my dad and I would sometimes walk down to Santa Fe Plaza, especially on cool autumn afternoons. We would get Cokes from Woolworth's. My father would visit with friends and family, selling under the portal of the Palace of the Governor's, and we would sit in the center of the Plaza, on the stone banco around the obelisk. My dad would point out the word savage which was etched into the marble plaque, and he would laugh. | "Those are your ancestors," he would say, with no little bit of irony.

_____ (2020-10-14). P&G Investors Challenge CEO Over Forest Destruction Concerns. popularresistance.org Washington – In a shocking move by Procter & Gamble's shareholders that defied the company's own recommendations, two-thirds of Procter & Gamble (P&G) shareholders voted "yes" at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday, October 13, to pass a proposal on forest sourcing and impacts. The vote is a clear indication that despite repeated insistence from company executives, the world's largest consumer goods company is not doing enough to deal with the financial threats of deforestation and forest degradation in its supply chains.

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-10-14). Healthcare Workers Endorse Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has endorsed Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election. Additionally, NUHW has endorsed John Leopold for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 1.

Women's March Action (2020-10-14). Saturday 10/17: Women's March Action: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 1). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Zach Conti (2020-10-14). IMF Economic Reports: Inequality and Poverty Rising Amidst COVID Crisis. indybay.org Analyzing the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund released the Global Financial Stability Report and the 2020 World Economic Outlook Report, "A Long and Difficult Ascent." The economic outlook report projects global economic growth to contract 4.4%.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-10-14). La colonizacià≤n extractivista de Abya Yala. indybay.org

Gig Workers Rising (2020-10-14). Thursday 10/15: Gig Workers Demand No On Prop 22 At Uber HQ in San Francisco. indybay.org Uber HQ on Market Street…

Planned Parenthood MM and partners (2020-10-14). Wednesday 10/14: Know Your Props: Panel Discussion on the 12 California Ballot Propositions. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

SFLC (2020-10-14). Thursday 10/15: 10/15 SF Rally Against Prop 22-Sick of GIG Greed. indybay.org SF City Hall | Polk &McAllister St. | SF | March to UBER HA…

Women's March Action (2020-10-14). Sunday 10/18: Women's March Action Online: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 2). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-14). In CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice. indybay.org The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That's three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located near oil industry operations in California, one of America's top crude oil and gas producing states. Gov. Newsom needs to addr…

Kyla Donato (2020-10-14). Green Infrastructure Bringing Nature Education, Stormwater Management to Church and School. indybay.org San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Greenprint Partners recently announced the approval of two green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) grants for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and St. Thomas More School. The $2.69 investment will manage 2.2 million gallons of stormwater annually. Nature-based GSI will enhance the local community by delivering environmental, health, and economic benefits while also contributing to SFPUC's goal of managing one billion gallons of stormwater by 2050.

_____ (2020-10-14). NATO, Energy Geopolitics and Conflict in Caucasus. strategic-culture.org Rarely are geopolitical events innocently coincidental, as an old saying goes. Let's look at a few recent upheavals. First we have the renewed pressure on Germany and Europe to abandon the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia, which the strange Navalny affair and his alleged poison-assassination conveniently gives cover to what would otherwise be an unprecedented backsliding on strategic energy trade. | Then we have the resurgence in armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. | A key factor in all this too is NATO's long-term plans to expand membership…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran opposes any foreign military presence in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that the Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf region.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran ready to play role in solving Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said that Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play a key role in resolving dispute between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Funeral procession of 'Akbar Alami'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The funeral procession of Iran's cinema critic, documentary filmmaker Akbar Alami was held in Tehran on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). VIDEO: Flash flood claims dozen lives in SE Asia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Above 40 people have died in Vietnam and Cambodia and scores more were missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards the Vietnamese coast.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Flow of resistance must reach beyond borders of Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — An Afghan poet and cultural expert, stressed the need for recognizing the enemies of the Islamic world accurately with cultural and artistic tools.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran, Russia discuss bilateral trade cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart reviewed the latest status of Iran-Russia trade cooperation on Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). 'Careless Crime' goes to Vinennale Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian film, Jenayat-e Bi Deghat (Careless Crime in English) has been accepted into the 2020 edition of Viennale Film Festival in Austria.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Security situation in world has worsened: Iran UN envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to the United Nations warned against return of Cold War-era mentality, stating that threat of weapons of mass destruction and outer space and cybernetic threats have worsened security situation in the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). New sanctions on Iran more window dressing: Atlantic Council. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Atlantic Council in a report on Wednesday named the new round of US sanctions of Iran as "more window dressing than anything of strategic import".

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Economic convict, corruptor extradited from Europe: Judiciary. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Following the notification of Judiciary Chief and for the first time, a major economic convict was extradited to the country from Europe.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). England, Wales and Scotland among nations with highest death toll from pandemic. imperial.ac.uk England, Wales and Scotland had among the highest rate of deaths from all causes, including COVID-19, as a result of the first wave of the pandemic.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). Duchess of Cambridge visits Tommy's Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for Baby Loss Awareness Week, meeting families and experts at Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). Severe morning sickness linked to depression new study finds. imperial.ac.uk Severe morning sickness increases the risk of depression both during and after pregnancy, new research has found.

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). Community says 'no' to new incinerators. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). University of Sydney staff protest attacks on higher education. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). Rally calls for freedom for 'Mandela of Kurdistan'. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). Hundreds gather safely to oppose transphobic bill, arrests made. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). Thai democracy activists warn of military action against students. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). ALP backs Coalition's gas and guns 'recovery' plan in weak budget reply. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

pip.hinman (2020-10-14). XR tells naked truth at NSW Independent Planning Commission. greenleft.org.au colombiareports.com/feed/

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-14). The law is failing to protect private renters from unfair evictions. thecanary.co Only Freedom of Information data collected by Generation Rent Improvement notices protect tenants from eviction for six mon…

Steve Topple (2020-10-14). The corporate press pack just descended into disgraceful farce. thecanary.co The corporate media descended into farce on Tuesday 13 October. Because the public were once again subjected to the worst kind of journalism. It's one where supposed professional reporters are little more than Tory lapdogs. | Client journalism in full swing: | As 'Client Journalism' Expert pointed out, several corporate journalists shared similar tweets. It was a comment by one of those now-infamous 'government sources'. The quote was in response to Labour leader Keir Starmer's press Looks like they're all in…

Daniel Boguslaw (2020-10-14). Paula Jean Swearengin Wants to Turn West Virginia Blue. thenation.com Paula Jean Swearengin Wants to Turn West Virginia Blue…

Adam Nayman (2020-10-14). The Myths of Martin Scorsese's Mob Magnum Opus. thenation.com The Myths of Martin Scorsese's Mob Magnum Opus…

Alexandra Sharat (2020-10-14). Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election. thenation.com Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election…

Sister Simone Campbell (2020-10-14). The Simple, Profound Message of Pope Francis's New Encyclical. thenation.com The Simple, Profound Message of Pope Francis's New Encyclical…

Staff (2020-10-13). The Real News Network and Project Censored present — 'United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion'. therealnews.com The latest Project Censored documentary, followed by a discussion featuring Abby Martin, Nolan Higdon, Eleanor Goldfield, and Mickey Huff. Hosted by The Real News Network's Jaisal Noor.

Daniel Ellsberg (2020-10-13). Leaker of Pentagon Papers: Trump Is an Enemy of the Constitution and Must Be Defeated. commondreams.org As president he has assaulted not only the First Amendment but also virtually every other aspect and institution of our country that preserves us as a republic. (Photo: Christopher Michel, noamgalai / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-10-13). Democrats silent on Trump's election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. wsws.org Besides her potential role in an election coup d'etat, Barrett will shift the Supreme Court further to the right, gutting abortion rights, reversing protections for gays, attacking the separation of church and state, lifting restrictions on guns and blocking federal regulation of business.

ACLU (2020-10-13). The Race for Arizona State House District 23. aclu.org The outcome of the race for the House in Arizona District 23 could determine important policies during the next legislative session., , If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion could become illegal in Arizona. , , Eric Kurland pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. John Kavanagh and Joseph Chaplick pledged to vote to prohibit abortion care except in rare cases. | IssueEric, KurlandJoseph, ChaplickJohn, Kavanagh | Has pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. | Yes | No | No | Source: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Candida…

Nusrat Choudhury (2020-10-13). The Supreme Court to Decide Whether Chicago Can Keep Cars Locked Up When Debtors File for Bankruptcy. aclu.org

MEE staff (2020-10-13). Leading Democrat urges Biden to appoint Muslim federal judges if elected. middleeasteye.net Leading Democrat urges Biden to appoint Muslim federal judges if elected | Representative Grace Meng's call comes amid Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, whose form of Catholicism has been a point of contention among Democrats | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 15: 55 | Representative Grace Meng is using her influence among Democrats to push for the appointment of Muslim judges to the federal bench (AFP) | The vi…

ACLU (2020-10-13). The Race for Arizona State House District 20. aclu.org The outcome of the race for the House in Arizona District 20 could determine important policies during the next legislative session., , If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion could become illegal in Arizona., , Judy Schwiebert pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. Shawnna Bolick and Anthony Kern pledged to vote to prohibit abortion care except in rare cases. | IssueShawnna BolickJudy SchwiebertAnthony Kern | Has pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. | No | Yes | No |

Source: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona C…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-13). Senate Dems raise threat to health care as Barrett hearings open. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—-The latest Republican dog-and-pony show, officially called Senate committee hearings on Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, opened Oct. 12 with the panel's Democrats stating should she join the other justices, health care for at least 130 million people would be changed for the worse or killed. That threat to the 10-year-old …

MEE staff (2020-10-13). Palestinian leaders call for Israel to release prisoner on 80th day of hunger strike. middleeasteye.net Palestinian leaders call for Israel to release prisoner on 80th day of hunger strike | The Israeli Supreme Court rejected Maher al-Akhras' petition for release on Tuesday, as right groups warn he is 'on the verge of death' | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 12: 54 | Maher al-Akhras with one of his children before his arrest in July by Israeli forces (Screengrab)
| Several Palestinian political figures have raised the ala…

Staff (2020-10-13). "Let the People Decide!" Protests at Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Decry GOP Power Grab, Attack on ACA. democracynow.org Hundreds protested outside the Senate Monday against the confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. At least 21 were arrested after staging a sit-in to oppose the Senate pushing through Barrett's nomination in the middle of the presidential election. Senate Democrats warn the federal judge's record suggests she would overturn the Affordable Care Act and threaten reproductive rights if she takes the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Trump and the Republicans are trying to execute a power grab," says Ana María Archila, co-executive director of…

Staff (2020-10-13). Packing the Courts: How Republicans Spent Decades Installing Judges to Cement Minority Rule. democracynow.org Amid Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, we look at how conservatives have used dark money to push to seat her on the Supreme Court before the November 3 election, following a decades-long project by conservatives to install right-wing judges across the federal judiciary. "There's no doubt that what we're facing is, increasingly, rule by a minority," says former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Lisa Graves, executive director of True North Research. "When people say that the court needs to be packed, it really needs to be unpacked."

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-13). The Heat: Supreme Court battle and US presidential race. america.cgtn.com The US Supreme Court battle begins in Washington. Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee to formally introduce herself to the American people.

Staff (2020-10-13). Protests at Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Rail Against GOP Power Grab. truthout.org Image Credit: Twitter: @CPDAction | Hundreds protested outside the Senate Monday against the confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. At least 21 were arrested after staging a sit-in to oppose the Senate pushing through Barrett's nomination in the middle of the presidential election. Senate Democrats warn the federal judge's record suggests she would overturn the Affordable Care Act and threaten reproductive rights if she takes the seat left vacant by the l…

Staff (2020-10-13). Amy Coney Barrett Refuses to Answer If Trump Can Delay the Election or Not. truthout.org During confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee to sit on the Supreme Court, refused to answer a question regarding the president's ability to unilaterally delay federal elections set to commence next month. | When asked by the committee's ranking chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), whether "the Constitution gives the president of the United States the authority to unilaterally delay an election un…

Nick Licata (2020-10-13). Democrats Have Been a Minority on the Supreme Court Since 1970. counterpunch.org National polls have shown that most citizens do not wish her, or anyone, to be appointed until after the presidential election. A few Democrats have argued that if Barrett is appointed, seats should be added to the Supreme Court to balance its philosophical views. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both asked their Democratic opponents

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-13). Civil Rights Advocates Warn Supreme Court Order—a Victory for Trump—Will Result in 'Irreversible Damage to 2020 Census'. commondreams.org Justice Sonya Sotomayor issued a dissent warning the "harms caused by rushing this year's census count are irreparable" and that "respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Francis Erdman (2020-10-13). Barrett nomination proves need for a new 50-state strategy. peoplesworld.org President Nixon famously campaigned in all 50 states in his narrow loss to President Kennedy in 1960, a move that was criticized by people saying he ought to have focused on only a few of the "swing states" as presidential candidates do today. However, in the long run, this was beneficial from his point of …

Staff (2020-10-13). Headlines for October 13, 2020. democracynow.org Dems Warn of Threat to ACA, Roe v. Wade, as Hearing Begins for Trump SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Returns to Campaigning as COVID Status Remains Unclear, COVID-19 Cases Soaring in Europe, Russia, as India Becomes Second Country to Hit 7 Million Cases, Johnson & Johnson Halts Vaccine Trials; More Evidence of Reinfection Revealed, GA Early Voters Face Long Lines; CA Officials Warn GOP over Illegal Drop Sites, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Sues in Arizona over Voter Suppression Efforts, WH Moves Forward with Taiwan Weapons Sales as U.S. Officials Tell Taiwan to Ramp Up Defense, Bangladeshi Government Approves Death…

Staff (2020-10-13). A Rigged Judiciary Leads to Rigged Elections: Ari Berman on Barrett Hearings & GOP Voter Suppression. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett's involvement in the court fight over the 2000 presidential election, when she was a member of George W. Bush's legal team, shows she is willing to bend the law to benefit Republican candidates, says Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman. "That's what's so disturbing about Amy Coney Barrett, because that's exactly what President Trump wants to do right now," says Berman. "He wants a justice who will rule his way on the vote count, no matter what the facts or the law actually says." Berman also looks at challenges voters are facing nationwide as early voting is underway from Georgia to Arizona, where…

sputniknews (2020-10-13). SCOTUS Hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett Began Yesterday. sputniknews.com On this edition of The Critical Hour, Co-hosts Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges about SCOTUS nomination Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her hearing, which began yesterday.

Staff (2020-10-13). Barrett Could Well Be the Decider in a 2020 Replay of "Bush v. Gore" truthout.org If Americans want transparency — as they should — they've got it. Judge Amy Coney Barrett's record of attacks on civil rights, workers' rights, anti-discrimination measures and consumer protections is crystal clear. Though she's just 48 years old, she has a phenomenally large legal footprint. And, as Democratic senators repeatedly pointed out Monday, on day one of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings, her record does not bode well for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and many of the rights w…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-13). 'This Is a Dog Whistle': Barrett Condemned for Implying That Being LGBTQ Is a Choice and Saying Working With Anti-Gay Hate Group Was 'Wonderful'. commondreams.org "This is why so many people, including many parents who send their children to conversion therapy, think being LGBTQ is a choice. As judges know, language matters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-13). Asked About Trump Effort to 'Unilaterally Delay Election,' Barrett Says She Would Approach It With 'An Open Mind'. commondreams.org "This shouldn't be a hard question. The fact that she would not answer it is deeply troubling." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-10-13). Reality Check: Amy Coney Barrett's Statement Isn't True, Protections for People With Preexisting Conditions Are At Risk Right Now. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Joan Walsh (2020-10-13). Amy Coney Barrett Displays Her Twisted Views on Voting Rights. thenation.com Amy Coney Barrett Displays Her Twisted Views on Voting Rights…

Elie Mystal (2020-10-13). The Democrats Might Actually Have a Strategy to Block Amy Coney Barrett. thenation.com The Democrats Might Actually Have a Strategy to Block Amy Coney Barrett…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-13). Trump Seeking New START Deal Pre-Election? globalresearch.ca Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has been a deal-breaker, not maker. | Hardliners surrounding him obstructed efforts to extend New START. | The last remaining Russia/US arms control agreement expires on February 5, 2021. | Unacceptable US demands on extending New …

Levitt L. (2020-10-13). Trump vs Biden on Health Care. jamanetwork.com There was always an expectation that health care would be one of the biggest issues in this year's presidential campaign, as was the case in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Dean Baker (2020-10-13). Educating the Washington Post on Section 230. cepr.net In an article on a contribution by Facebook to support efforts to administer the election, the Washington Post noted that Donald Trump recently tweeted "REPEAL SECTION 230!!!." The piece then described Section 230 as "a part of U.S. law that protects social networks from litigation for their decisions regarding content moderation." Actually, Section 230 has …

Al Neal (2020-10-13). Still another chilling moment for democracy in Florida. peoplesworld.org In response to vote suppression measures filed by the Trump re-election campaign, state Republican parties and the national GOP, an attorney who represented the Bush-Cheney campaign during the 2000 Florida recount, delivered a candid and damning statement: "You're seeing a broad-based, generalized strategy to suppress the vote by the Republican Party," attorney Barry Richards declared. …

The Alternative World (2020-10-13). Trump's new Iran sanctions hurt civilians and threaten war. thealtworld.com Grayzone- Pushback with Aaron Maté | Weeks before the U.S. election, the Trump administration has imposed crushing new sanctions that sever Iran from the global financial system and further threaten the import of humanitarian goods. The Israeli government and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-regime change think tank, reportedly lobbied White House officials for the new move. | Assal Rad of the National Iranian American Council discusses how the sanctions target Iranian civilians, and threaten an outbreak of military conflict. | Guest: Assal Rad, Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Cou…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-10-13). Trump Deploys the Strongman's Playbook. thenation.com Trump Deploys the Strongman's Playbook…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-13). Wars and Pandemics Produce the Same Sort of Lethal Government Bungling. counterpunch.org Watching the antics of Trump and the blunders of Boris Johnson in failing to cope with the virus, I have the same feeling I had repeatedly over the last 20 years when reporting on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya. In all cases, arrogant assumptions of competence and strength were brutally exposed by complicated and dangerous realities on the ground.

Frances Madeson (2020-10-13). Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Said to be One Day Away From Deportation Back to the Oppression They Fled. counterpunch.org There is a peaceful room in a safe, joyful home in the Washington metro area waiting for Micah, an English-speaking Cameroonian refugee who spent his 20th birthday on hunger strike in Pine Prairie Detention Center. His 19th birthday was also spent in ICE detention. His uncle, who raised him, has been counseling patience while waiting

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-13). Trump Is Willing to Dismantle Democracy to Hold On to Power. zcomm.org Interview on the national and international significance of Trump's refusal to commit to a "peaceful transition to power" and his reliance on conspiracy theories…

_____ (2020-10-13). Native Americans Tear Gassed, Arrested On Indigenous Peoples' Day. popularresistance.org Twelve people, including at least eight Native Americans, were arrested near an immigration checkpoint in Southern Arizona on Indigenous Peoples' Day after United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors. | The O'odham Anti Border Collective—a group of Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, and Hia Ced O'odham tribal members that seeks to promote the cultural practices and protect the homelands of all O'odham nations "through the dismantling of colonial borders"…

Raging Grannies (2020-10-13). Saturday 10/17: Women's Rally/Dance of Peace in San Mateo. indybay.org El Camino Real at Third Ave. | (300 So. El Camino Real) | San Mateo, CA 94402…

The Canary (2020-10-13). Activists board supertrawler to prevent it from fishing in 'protected waters'. thecanary.co Greenpeace activists have boarded a supertrawler in the North Sea and prevented it from fishing in what it claims are protected waters.The environmental group said the Helen Mary vessel was fishing in the Central Fladen protected area, east of Scotland.Activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza boarded the 117 metre-long vessel and hung a banner reading: Ban supertrawlers now!Greenpeace activists board the Helen Mary supertrawler (Greenpeace/PA)Protected areas: They placed fishing deterrents in the supertrawler's nets before the Germany-registered Helen Mary left the area.In 2019, the same vessel was deta…

Ted Kelly (2020-10-13). 'Capitalism on a Ventilator'/ The impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S. workers.org "Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S" chronicles the terminal decline of capitalism. The book itself is an example of what can be accomplished through cooperation by progressive working-class organizations. This anthology is a collaboration by social justice advocates like Ajamu Baraka of the . . . |

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-13). Why did Amnesty UK, Bellingcat and White Helmets sabotage Roger Waters webinar on corporate pollution? thegrayzone.com The Grayzone obtained audio of a call in which Roger Waters confronted Amnesty leadership over efforts by Syria regime-change operatives — including its own staff — to sabotage an Amazon Watch webinar on Chevron's pollution of Ecuador. The campaign manager of Amnesty International UK, Kristyan Benedict, appears to have removed an Amnesty International tweet announcing an Amazon Watch webinar to raise awareness both of Chevron's pollution of an indigenous region of Ecuador and the company's ruthless persecution of environmental lawyer …

Michelle Chen (2020-10-13). This Amazon Grocery Runner Has Risked Her Job to Fight for Better Safety Measures. zcomm.org Courtenay Brown knows she could be on the streets if she loses her job at an Amazon Fresh unit. She's speaking out about scant Covid-19 safety measures and lack of workplace benefits anyway…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-13). Amazon Workers in Germany Strike on Prime Day for Better Pay and Right to Organize 'Without Big Brother Watching'. commondreams.org "While Amazon claims that they respect workers' right to join and form trade unions, it has not publicly disavowed… claims about surveillance and tracking of worker organizing and labor union activity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-10-13). Ahead of Prime Day, Amazon Must Respect Workers' Right to Unionize. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-13). The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction. globalresearch.ca Minor Edits on October 13, 2020 | It is now confirmed beyond doubt that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is meaningless. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What it detects are particles …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-13). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

_____ (2020-10-13). On Contact: Yugoslavia/USA Déjà Vu. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses what happened three decades ago in Yugoslavia when the country broke into brutal warring factions, and the parallels in the US today, with Croatian author and journalist, Slavenka Drakuliƒá. | Drakuliƒá's book 'They Would Never Hurt a Fly' is about the war criminals from the former Yugoslavia who were put on trial in the Hague. She explores not only the motivations of these killers and their sense of themselves, but also how such crimes were allowed to be perpetrated in her country.

_____ (2020-10-13). Changing To An Ecological Way Of Valuing National Economies. popularresistance.org The Global South is adversely impacted by the many crises that exist in this world – the climate crisis, pandemic, recession, war to name a few. Although the Global South is wealthy in terms of culture, biodiversity, knowledge and more, the way the Global North defines what is valuable contributes to economic inequality between the North and South and exploitation of peoples and the planet. Now, my guests Arnie Saiki and Chanzo Greenidge are challenging that paradigm with a new concept of intemerate accounting. The idea is receiving growing support by Pacific Island nations. They explain what it is and how social…

South Front (2020-10-13). Video: Azerbaijani Military Destroys Armenian S-300s as Humanitarian Ceasefire Nears Its Collapse. globalresearch.ca The Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region does not show signs of nearing its end despite the humanitarian ceasefire launched in the region. The ceasefire started in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at 12: 00 local time on October 10. The ceasefire deal …

Staff (2020-10-13). Tearing down Columbus statues is just the first step. therealnews.com As Christopher Columbus statues come down across the U.S., and his legacy is being reevaluated, the real story must be told. We talk about how Columbus' actions continue to impact Indigenous, Black and Brown communities today through genocide and colonization, and what we can do to fix it.

John Winstead (2020-10-13). "Hate and racism" behind Trump administration's Columbus Day proclamation. liberationnews.org The Trump administration caused outrage by releasing yesterday a proclamation marking Columbus Day. The proclamation claimed that, "Christopher Columbus's intrepid voyage to the New World ushered in a new era of exploration and discovery." Trump bemoaned that "Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus's legacy. These extremists seek to replace …

_____ (2020-10-13). One Of The Best Climate Solutions Is Giving Indigenous People Their Land Back. popularresistance.org The work of our time is both slow and fast, rapidly transforming human society in the short and long term simultaneously. That can't happen without re-examining our relationships with each other and with every other living thing on the planet. | An honest one-sentence summary of the past 500 years is brutal reading: Tens of millions of Indigenous people around the world have been killed and forcibly removed from their lands in order to make rich and powerful white men even more rich and powerful. It's still happening today.

_____ (2020-10-13). Monument To Colonialism Toppled On Indigenous Peoples' Day. popularresistance.org New Mexico – Visitors to the historic plaza in Santa Fe, a bastion of liberalism in northern New Mexico, will find a charming square in the Spanish colonial style, surrounded by shops selling native wares — typically sold by non-native peoples — and a monument at the center of it all celebrating the slaughter of the area's original, commercially monetized inhabitants. | At least until Monday, when protesters marked Indigenous Peoples' Day by tying a chain around the monument, managing to topple it amid clashes with police.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day (2020-10-13). Junipero Serra Statue Attacked in Bay Area. indybay.org Last night, the statue of Junipero Serra was defaced and covered in red paint to signify the colonial violence and genocide that has been and continues to be enacted upon the Indigenous people of this land, specifically in this context by spanish imperialism and the catholic church.

Staff (2020-10-13). To Decolonize Indigenous Lands, We Must Also Abolish Police and Prisons. truthout.org The movement to decolonize Indigenous lands is intimately connected to the movement to abolish police and prisons. As the idea of decolonization is discussed among wider circles, we must recognize this interconnectedness, especially in the midst of a resurgent Black Lives Matter movement that calls for the defunding — and, in fact, the dismantling — of police. | Both decolonization and abolition are not simply seeking an end result. Instead they are continuous creative processes: an ima…

Martha Grevatt (2020-10-13). WFTU: 75 years of working-class unionism. workers.org The World Federation of Trade Unions marked its 75th anniversary on Oct. 3. Its 1945 founding Congress in Paris "spoke in the name of the working people of the world organized in trade unions who wanted a world free from war and social injustices. The foundation of the WFTU was . . . |

Mitchel Cohen (2020-10-13). Those Who Do Not Learn From History are Condemned to reTweet It. counterpunch.org ìThe first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy Ö one of the first and most important tasks of the militant proletariat. î Karl Marx & Frederick Engels, The Communist Manifesto My aim is to reinvent the wheel. My goal

MEE and agencies (2020-10-13). Bodies recovered after migrant boat capsizes off coast of Tunisia. middleeasteye.net Bodies recovered after migrant boat capsizes off coast of Tunisia | Thirteen people, including three children, have drowned while seven have been rescued, say authorities | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 10: 38 | Tunisian coastguards patrol the area off Tunisia's northern town of Bizerte on 30 March 2017 (AFP) | At least 13 people have been confirmed drowned after a migrant boat sank off the coast of T…

George Wuerthner (2020-10-13). Shilling for the Livestock Industry in Greater Yellowstone. counterpunch.org The commentary in the October 10th Bozeman Chronicle "Together we can tackle the fire issue" by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition was another example of how the organization sees its role as a shill of the livestock industry. The misinformation presented on sagebrush, juniper, and Doug fir "invasion" in southwest Montana lacks critical scientific expertise and

Dennis Broe (2020-10-13). Today's noir novel in Europe: Popular novelists from France and Iceland. peoplesworld.org Dominique Manotti, the majority of whose 13 novels have been translated into English, is a Parisian professor of economic history who writes about crime from a historical and global perspective. Her Lorraine Connection, which won top crime fiction awards in France and Britain, begins with a fire in what amounts to a sweatshop in a …

Kathy Durkin (2020-10-13). Obreras negras y latinx lideran huelga hacia la victoria. workers.org °Ganaron! La histórica huelga de 10 días de trabajadores en instalaciones médicas en tres ciudades de Illinois resultó en una victoria total, con todas las demandas satisfechas. Las trabajadoras negras y latinx desempeñaron un papel decisivo en la organización de la huelga y en su exitosa conclusión. Trabajadoras de la . . . |

Staff (2020-10-13). 'Stir Crazy' relaunches as 'Burn It Down with Kim Brown'. therealnews.com We are excited to announce that "Stir Crazy" will be relaunching this week under a brand new name: "Burn It Down with Kim Brown"! | We originally created "Stir Crazy" to respond quickly to fast-changing news when the first round of shutdowns started, and our studio shut down because of COVID-19. It has since evolved into a space where issues like the pandemic, police violence, and political shenanigans can be discussed frankly and without a partisan slant. | We realized there's an opportunity to correct the false narratives that many of us are conditioned to accept, such as "free and fair elections," "a few b…

Katie Miernicki (2020-10-13). After summer of violent repression, Philadelphia City Council considers banning "crowd control" weapons. liberationnews.org On October 7, Philadelphia City Council held a virtual hearing regarding police brutality in the city and the violent repression of protests over the summer sparked by the murder of George Floyd. In response to public outrage over the Philadelphia Police Department's abhorrent treatment of protestors and residents during the summer's uprisings, councilmember Helen Gym, …

Kathy Durkin (2020-10-13). Viral capitalism: Racist, sexist bosses kill jobs. workers.org Another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment benefits during the week of Sept. 28, adding to the ranks of the 12 million workers still jobless due to the pandemic. They and their families have lost health insurance, not provided by this ruthless capitalist government. Evictions and homelessness are on the . . . |

Aranxta Calles (2020-10-13). San Diego protesters stand in solidarity with Denver activists against police repression. liberationnews.org On Oct. 10, members of the San Diego branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation organized a rally in solidarity with the anti-racist organizers arrested under false charges in Denver, Colorado. The organizers are facing decades in prison simply for leading the struggle for justice for Elijah McClain. Different organizations also came out to …

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-10-13). How a Black Evangelical Denomination was Duped into "Blessing" Israel. mintpressnews.com "There are more than 40 million Black Americans, they spend more than $1.3 trillion a year, so we're a measurable market, a measurable group of people, easily identified, and we think we can also contribute to the advancement of Israel." – Glenn Plummer, Bishop of Israel…

Dean Baker (2020-10-13). Waiting for a Vaccine: Killing for Inequality. counterpunch.org I have been harping on the fact that it is very likely China will be mass producing and distributing a vaccine at least a month, and quite possibly several months, before the United States. This should make people very angry. Even a month's delay is likely to mean tens of thousands of avoidable deaths and

MEE staff (2020-10-13). Canada's Trudeau 'deeply disturbed' by threats toward Toronto-area mosque. middleeasteye.net Canada's Trudeau 'deeply disturbed' by threats toward Toronto-area mosque | Attacks against Muslim places of worship have spiked in recent months, with the latest threat referencing New Zealand's deadly Christchurch terror attack | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 15: 41 | A Muslim volunteer at Toronto's International Muslims Organisation was stabbed to death on 12 September (AFP/File photo | Canadian Prime Minister Justin T…

Yasmina Allouche (2020-10-13). Tunisian army deployed over protests after kiosk owner crushed to death. middleeasteye.net Tunisian army deployed over protests after kiosk owner crushed to death | The 52-year-old man died when the Kasserine municipality carried out demolition works on a number of buildings | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 12: 42 | After learning of the man's death, protesters broke into a number of state buildings, targeted businesses and blocked some roads (Fethi Belaid/AFP) | The Tunisian army has been d…

MEE staff (2020-10-13). UN rejects Saudi bid for human rights council but Russia and China are elected. middleeasteye.net UN rejects Saudi bid for human rights council but Russia and China are elected | Rights groups express alarm after Moscow and Beijing secure seats on UN's top human rights body | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 19: 34 | The UN General Assembly held elections on Tuesday for 15 vacant seats in the UN Human Rights Council (AFP/File photo) | Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Co…

Amy Taxin, Adam Beam (2020-10-13). Republicans installed illegal ballot drop boxes in California; elections officials order removal. peoplesworld.org SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—California's chief elections official on Monday ordered Republicans to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes from churches, gun shops, and other locations, and Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned those behind the "vote tampering" could face prosecution. Republicans refused, saying they are taking advantage of California's liberal ballot collection law that allows anyone to collect …

Nadda Osman (2020-10-13). 'Disgusting and inhuman': Beirut explosion drama causes outrage. middleeasteye.net 'Disgusting and inhuman': Beirut explosion drama causes outrage | The announcement of drama series '6: 07 Beirut' has been condemned as insensitive and unprofessional as people still recover from the explosion | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 12: 57 | In response to criticism of the new drama '6: 07 Beirut', the Shahid website said: 'We heal with art and this is what's intended.' (Screengrab) | The announcement of a ne…

Eds. (2020-10-13). Blacks in LA nearly four times as likely to be cited by police. mronline.org The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) gave 63% of its citations for "loitering while standing" to Black residents in recent years, despite African Americans making up just 7% of the city's population, a new analysis of public records has revealed.

MEE staff (2020-10-13). US slams Turkey over renewed seismic surveys in Eastern Mediterranean. middleeasteye.net US slams Turkey over renewed seismic surveys in Eastern Mediterranean | Meanwhile, Ankara rebuffs Washington remarks and says Greece and Greek Cypriot administration are the ones escalating tensions | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 21: 06 | Turkish seismic research vessel 'Oruc Reis' near Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea on 12 August (AFP/File photo) | The United States said it "deplores" Turkey's decision to renew geologi…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-13). ELECTION 2020: In Congress, the Senate could flip. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —Lindsay Graham never expected this. Nor did Steve Daines. Or Martha McSally. With less than a month to go until Election Day, those Republican senators, from South Carolina, Montana, and Arizona, respectively, are in the fights of their lives for political survival. McSally trails former astronaut John Kelly by so much—11 percentage points in …

Daniel Warner (2020-10-13). Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be. counterpunch.org Moments of disruption always lead to nostalgia. If only we could go back to where we were before. Remember how free we were to socialize before the pandemic? Remember what it was like not to wear masks in public places or scrub hands several times a day. And even further back: remember how easy it

Global Research News (2020-10-13). Dangerous Virus: You have to Be Tested… You have Entered the Covid Zone. globalresearch.ca Political Cartoonist Steve Hunter | A virus appears that is so deadly and contagious, | you have to be tested to even know you had it | A pandemic is declared while hospitals sit empty | You have entered the COVID ZONE | | Source:

Steve Sweeney (2020-10-13). Details emerge of new right-wing coup plot in Bolivia ahead of election. peoplesworld.org This original reporting first appeared in Morning Star, Britain's daily socialist newspaper. Bolivia is on the verge of a bloodbath, the Morning Star was told Oct. 12, after details emerged of another plan by right-wing forces to derail next week's presidential and parliamentary elections. It is alleged that a new plot has been hatched that …

Patricia Gorky (2020-10-13). What's behind the crisis in Belarus? liberationnews.org Anti-government protests in Belarus continue in the wake of the Aug 9 presidential election. Economic decline, coronavirus mismanagement and the government's response to the protests have driven many Belarusians into the streets, including youth and industrial workers. Pensioners joined the rallies over the weekend, calling for an end to President Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year tenure and …

MEE staff (2020-10-13). Another three mass graves discovered in Libya's Tarhuna. middleeasteye.net Another three mass graves discovered in Libya's Tarhuna | Hundreds of corpses have been recovered since forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar withdrew from the western city earlier this year | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 17: 48 | Since June 2020, Libyan teams have been searching for mass graves and exhuming bodies in the south of Tripoli and city of Tarhuna (AFP) | Three mass graves were discovered in the Libyan city of Tarhun…

Staff (2020-10-13). Philly activists occupy and win control of vacant homes. therealnews.com On Sept. 26, housing activists and organizers from Philadelphia Housing Action The deal came about after months of standoffs between activists and the city over homeless encampments, evictions, a…

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-13). Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance. middleeasteye.net Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance | In Palestine, relationships thrive despite years-long separations and physical barriers | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 10: 52 | "Thirty eight Eids passed without Abdel Karim," Jinan Samara said after reuniting with her fiance, Abdel Karim, 18 years later (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | Abdel Karim Makhdar and Jinan Samara sit side by side o…

2020-10-14: Social Media Postees

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Trump's "herd immunity" policy and right-wing terror
wsws.org | 2020-10-14
On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of "herd immunity."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/14/pers…

Trump Regime/Russia New START Talks at Impasse
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
As long as nuclear weapons exist, the chance of their use ahead — as once before unjustifiably — is ominously high. | Humanity has a clear choice. Eliminate these weapons entirely or risk their eliminating us. | The history of warfare shows …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-russia-ne…

In Afghanistan, American Troops patrol the same routes their fathers did
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
Thousands of U.S. soldiers continue to pace and patrol exactly the same routes as their predecessors did in 2001, fighting a seemingly endless conflict that both the American and Afghan public have long since soured on.
mronline.org/2020/10/14/in-afghanistan-a…

Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-14
The rejection of Saudi Arabia, the only country that did not receive the required number of votes from UN member states, has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom's decreasing international support.
mintpressnews.com/china-russia-elected-u…

55 Million People Face Famine as COVID-Ravaged Economies Fail To Meet Funding Goals
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-10-14
Nations the world over have scrambled to take emergency action in the wake of COVID-19, as businesses have been disrupted, supply lines cut and economies stunted, leaving foreign aid programs underfunded and millions without food.
mintpressnews.com/55-million-people-face…

Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the 'Legitimacy War'
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
'International law' remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories.
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So Long, Sister Ardeth Platte, Anti-Nuclear Activist
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun and antinuclear protester, died ("Ardeth Platte, Dominican Nun and Antinuclear Activist, Dies at 84," New York Times, October 8, 2020) during the night or early morning of the first presidential debate. When Sister Ardeth broke into a nuclear missile facility in Colorado, she recited…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/so-long-sist…

'Out-vote the hate': Tlaib and Omar call for large Muslim turnout
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-14
'Out-vote the hate': Tlaib and Omar call for large Muslim turnout | At virtual event hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders, the congresswomen and other prominent US Muslims called for 'historic' turnout to defeat Trump | Ali Harb | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 03: 55 | 'Go out there and make sure this election is too big to rig,' Rashida Tlaib says (AFP/File photo) | Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar along with other prominent Mus…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/out-vote-hate…

Memories of Voter Suppression
Lawrence Wittner | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-14
Back in July 1962, when, according to Donald Trump, America was "great," I was in the Deep South, working to register Black voters. It was a near-hopeless project, given the mass disenfranchisement of the region's Black population that was enforced by Southern law and an occasional dose of white terrorism. It all started in the …
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US and France on the Brink of Trade War
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The geopolitics of the cyber world is again influencing the global political and economic order. Now, a new international tension arises around a digital tax, known as the 'Google tax'. Such tension could trigger a trade war, this time between …
globalresearch.ca/us-france-trade-war/57…

Syria's Devastating Forest Fires
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The Syrian people who have already been suffering from nearly a decade of externally waged Hybrid War are now forced to deal with the environmental devastation caused by the 156 forest fires that recently ravaged the Arab Republic, though most …
globalresearch.ca/why-many-western-activ…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "Intent" to Remove Trump from Office by Invoking the 25th Amendment? A Politically Desperate Distraction
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
This is a politically desperate distraction which hints that the Democrats aren't as confident about former Vice President Joe Biden's supposedly impending victory as their media surrogates are trying to convince everyone is bound to happen in a few weeks' …
globalresearch.ca/speaker-pelosi-25th-am…

Buddha In A Gorilla Suit
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-14
Can you notice the orgasms in your cells? | The preacher tells us it's on the other side of death. | The teacher tells us it's on the other side of accomplishment. | The banker tells us it's on the other side of wealth. | The athlete tells us it's on the other side of victory. | The actor tells us it's on the other side of heroic deeds. | The politician tells us it's on the other side of voting. | The news man tells us it's on the other side of war. | But it's not. It's right here. It's always been right here. | It is not on the other side of spiritual achievement. | It is not on the other side of mystical transc…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/buddha-…

Becoming U.S. Fortress Against China Does More Damage than Good for Taiwan
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The $1.4 billion increase in Taiwan's military spending next year is still not enough to achieve effective defense, said David Helvey, Principal Director for East Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security …
globalresearch.ca/becoming-us-fortress-a…

Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan
news.un.org | 2020-10-14
Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted last weekend between security forces and Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported.
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Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-14
The rejection of Saudi Arabia, the only country that did not receive the required number of votes from UN member states, has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom's decreasing international support. | MPN– In a secret ballot at the United Nations yesterday, Saudi Arabia was rejected for a position on the body's 47-country Human Rights Council (HRC). The only country that did not receive the required number of votes from member states, the failure has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom's abysmal human rights record and its decreasing international support. | 15 positions were filled yesterday, alth…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/western-ang…

55 Million People Face Famine as COVID-Ravaged Economies Fail To Meet Funding Goals
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-14
Nations the world over have scrambled to take emergency action in the wake of COVID-19, as businesses have been disrupted, supply lines cut and economies stunted, leaving foreign aid programs underfunded and millions without food. | MPN- More than 55 million people in seven countries are in desperate need of COVID-19-related famine relief. That is according to a new report from international charity Oxfam, entitled "Later will be too…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/55-million-…

Dangers Of Military Confrontation Around Taiwan And South China Sea
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as a freedom of navigation show of force missions to remind the Chinese government that the U.S. considers the Western Pacific and the South China Sea as a part of the oceans of America and its allies. Additionally, in 2020, the Trump administration ratcheted up tensions with China over Taiwan by sending to Taiwan the highest-ranking U.S. officials in over forty years.
popularresistance.org/dangers-of-militar…

Trump's Endless Wars
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
The pretend peacemaker has repeatedly endangered the nation and world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-endless-war…

An Indigenous Māori View Of Doughnut Economics
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
Working in sustainability, one understands that context is key. When we fail to identify or understand the nuanced, complex, systemic and local context of a situation, the best-intentioned solutions simply won't solve society's most pressing problems. | The first economic model I came across which offered an effective, modern context for our planet was the doughnut, developed by acclaimed economist and author, Kate Raworth. | To inform the local context for sustainability, I felt New Zealand needed a doughnut of its own. I have been to too many meetings held to discuss issues affecting minority groups (Mƒ&Ar…
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Land Grab Universities
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
On August 29, 1911, a Yahi man known as Ishi came out of hiding near Oroville, California. He had spent decades evading settlers after the massacre of his community in the 1860s and had recently lost the last of his family. Whisked off to the University of California's anthropology museum, he was described by the press as the "last wild Indian." Ishi spent his final years living at the museum. When he wasn't explaining his language to researchers or making arrow points for visitors, he swept the floors with a straw broom as a janitor's assistant.
popularresistance.org/land-grab-universi…

Flyer Distributed During the Indigenous Slaughter Day Protest
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Two demonstrations were held remembering the lives and deaths of Native people as well as the local homeless and poor on October 12th also known in settler-celebrator circles as "Columbus Day" and among others as Indigenous Peoples Day.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883752…

Can Trump Delay Election or Reject Peaceful Transition of Power? Amy Coney Barrett Refuses to Say
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-14
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced 11 hours of questioning in the Senate Tuesday but refused to provide clarity about her views on the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade, voting rights and even if President Trump could delay the election. Republicans are racing to confirm the 48-year-old federal judge before Election Day, which would give conservatives a commanding 6-3 majority on the high court. We air highlights from the marathon session.
www.democracynow.org/2020/10/14/amy_cone…

Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy: Samuel Moyn on Reforming an Undemocratic Institution
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-14
As Republicans race to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to Election Day and cement a conservative majority on the top court for a generation or more, calls are growing for Joe Biden to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president. But Yale legal scholar Samuel Moyn argues that beyond "packing the court" and other measures commonly proposed to rebalance the Supreme Court's ideological makeup, the institution as a whole must be weakened in order to safeguard democracy. "This country was founded on minority rule and the rejection of democracy, and t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/10/14/samuel_m…

Dahlia Lithwick: Amy Coney Barrett May Claim Neutrality, But Her Record Is "Extremely Conservative"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-14
In the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, the federal judge's refusal to answer basic questions on voter intimidation and whether a president can delay elections did her "no favors" and was part of an aim to "present herself as neutral; she's an open book; whatever she was before, whatever she ruled on the bench before, is immaterial," says Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent and Supreme Court reporter for Slate.com. "There are some issues that don't need to be approached with an open mind. … She could have allayed a lot of fears."
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NATO, Energy Geopolitics and Conflict in Caucasus
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-14
Rarely are geopolitical events innocently coincidental, as an old saying goes. Let's look at a few recent upheavals. First we have the renewed pressure on Germany and Europe to abandon the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia, which the strange Navalny affair and his alleged poison-assassination conveniently gives cover to what would otherwise be an unprecedented backsliding on strategic energy trade. | Then we have the resurgence in armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. | A key factor in all this too is NATO's long-term plans to expand membership…
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Iran ready to play role in solving Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian President's Chief of Staff said that Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play a key role in resolving dispute between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia.
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Iran home to one of oldest, deepest cultures
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Andre Vltchek a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, and journalist has described Iran as home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164742/Iran-home-to…

The Malevolent Encirclement of Russia
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Over recent weeks a series of events in the states surrounding the Russian Federation has erupted that certainly are not being greeted with joy in the Kremlin. Each crisis center of itself is not a definitive game-changer for future Russian …
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Selected Articles: The Malevolent Encirclement of Russia
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The Malevolent Encirclement of Russia | By F. William Engdahl, October 14 2020 | A recent RAND study prepared for the US Army suggests with remarkable accuracy who might be behind what will undoubtedly become a major threat to Russian security | …
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Lebanon and Israel hold unprecedented talks on disputed maritime border
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-14
Lebanon and Israel hold unprecedented talks on disputed maritime border | The two countries, technically at war, are seeking to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration | MEE and agencies | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 11: 14 | Vehicles of the UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL are pictured in the southernmost area of Naqoura, by the border with Israel, where talks between Israel and Leb…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/lebanon-israe…

Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The Great Reset book is full with predictions of things that will or may happen, and threats, like the world will never be the same again, and we are just at the beginning of the Reset, worse is to come — or the Great Transformation, as the IMF calls what is coming.
globalresearch.ca/great-reset-revisited/…

Expected Countervailing Forces to Trumpism are Failing
Ralph Nader | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
Trump has shown just how weak our various countervailing institutions and constitutional standards are in checking the excesses of the most impeachable President in American history…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/expected-counterva…

Can the US Federal Reserve End Racism? Eliminate Disparities in Income, Employment and Wealth?
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters and Senator Elizabeth Warren have introduced the Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equity Act. This legislation directs the Federal Reserve to eliminate racial disparities in income, employment, wealth, and access to credit. | Eliminating racial …
globalresearch.ca/can-fed-end-racism/572…

Controversy Over the Alleged Abortion Views of Amy Coney Barrett Misses Wider Issues
James O'Neill | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-14
The nomination to the United States Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett has raised again the issue of access to abortion, legalised in the United States in the decision in Roe v Wade 410 US 113 (1973) 47 years ago. If Ms Barrett is confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court it will make …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/controversy-o…

Merriam-Webster labels 'sexual preference' OFFENSIVE after uproar over LGBTQ terminology during SCOTUS confirmation hearing
rt.com | 2020-10-14
Merriam-Webster has been accused of politicizing its dictionary after it flagged the term 'sexual preference' as offensive, mirroring a complaint leveled against Amy Coney Barrett during her SCOTUS confirmation hearing. | The curious edit was spotted hours after Barrett was lambasted for using the phrase "sexual preference" to refer to LGBTQ Americans' sexual orientations as she answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. | Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono berated the conservative Supreme Court nominee for using the term, claiming that it was "offensive and outdated." The senator alleged…
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Packing the Court: Why Joe Biden Can't Commit
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-14
The latest issue roiling the U.S. presidential race is the Supreme Court and what to do if it bucks the wishes of the ruling party. The reason is the Amy Coney Barrett nomination, which, assuming it goes through, could result in a 6-3 conservative majority lasting well into the 2030s. | Since this would spell doom for a Biden-Harris administration, Democrats have come up with what they think is a perfect solution. It's called packing the court, and it entails expanding "the Supremes" from nine to fifteen members in order to fill the ranks with liberals guaranteed to toe the party line. | It's neat, clean, and con…
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Boris Johnson has broken the whopping promise he made to Brits a year ago today
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-10-14
The 2019 Queen's Speech, which laid out the government's intentions, took place on 14 October that year. In the speech, the Queen relayed Boris Johnson's plan to bring forward proposals to ban trophy hunting imports. It's now a year to the date of that promise. | The government has since carried out a consultation that offered some potential…
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Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is badly hamstrung by the 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
On October 5, 2020, the England and Wales Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision from July that denied the Venezuelan government access to 31 metric tons of its gold stored in the Bank of London.
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Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is hamstrung by 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-14
The Bank of England has refused to hand over 31 metric tons of gold that belongs to Venezuela. This gold worth $1.95 billion is planned to go toward the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/14/venezuela…

Facebook Bans Ads Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Mark Zuckerberg has clearly had enough of being hauled in front of Congress and hectored by a gang of senior citizens and listening to the head of the ACLU slam his company as a vessel for violent hate speech. Because …
globalresearch.ca/facebook-bans-ads-ques…

Another right-wing candidate withdraws from upcoming elections in Bolivia
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-14
Jorge Quiroga is the third right-wing presidential candidate who has dropped out of the electoral race in the past one month to unite against the progressive Movement Towards Socialism party…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/14/another-r…

The Palestinian Struggle Betrayed
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The Abraham Accord signed recently between Israel on the one hand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other, is touted as a peace deal. They were not at war. There was peace between them and much …
globalresearch.ca/palestinian-struggle-b…

Britain: The world's second largest arms exporter and friend to warmongers and despots
wsws.org | 2020-10-14
The list of Britain's customers reads like a roll call of the most corrupt and blood-soaked regimes on the planet.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/14/brar…

"Professor Lockdown" Neil Ferguson, Whose Model Prompted "New Normal" Lockdowns
munkle | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
In an astonishing direct connection to the Imperial College professor who has been roundly denounced for his model which linked success in minimizing COVID deaths to "mitigation" measures such as lockdowns, records show that the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation…
globalresearch.ca/records-show-bill-gate…

Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
We've all seen the stats on America's extreme inequality. Over 20 percent of our nation's income flows to the top 1 percent. The top 1 percent's share of our country's wealth is approaching 40 percent. Our top 0.1 percent hold roughly the same share of our wealth as our bottom 90 percent. All eye-popping numbers…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/inequality-i…

Vietnam refugee leader arrested for protesting ICE crimes
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-10-14
Nancy just after being released from jail Oct 9. Philadelphia — Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director of VietLead, a Philadelphia-based Vietnamese refugee organization, was handcuffed and arrested Oct. 8 as she was changing her one-year-old baby's diaper in her Philadelphia home. Her arrest involved the cooperation of several federal and . . . | Continue reading Vietnam refugee leader arrested for protesting ICE crimes at Workers.org
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Human Rights Debate at UN Security Council. Horrifying Social Consequences of US Sanctions Inflicted on North Korea
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
During the press briefing outlining Russia's program of work for their October Presidency of the UN Security Council, I mentioned the offer by Dr. Kee B. Park, Director of the Korea Policy Project at Harvard Medical School, and renowned …
globalresearch.ca/russia-reveals-profoun…

Biodiversity is an Asset Worth Bending Over Backwards to Protect
Chris Smith | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
Last month, hundreds of thousands of birds dropped dead out of the skies of New Mexico, in a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood disaster movie. The world is facing an extinction crisis, a biodiversity collapse. Events such as this are likely to become more common. The rapid loss of plants and animals across the globe…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/biodiversity…

Exposing Trump's deadly sanctions on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
KEN LIVINGSTONE looks in-depth at the story of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela.
mronline.org/2020/10/14/exposing-trumps-…

How to Kill a Thriving Metropolis in 7 Months: New York City's COVID-19 Failure
Helen Buyniski | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Seven months into the pandemic, as many US states inch back toward 'normal', New York is in the grips of a crime wave, reinvigorated lockdowns, and widespread fear of pretty much everything. Thank local government. | New York City has lost | …
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'We are Many, They are Few': Nonviolent Resistance to the Elite's COVID-19 Coup
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
On 16 August 1819, an estimated 60,000 pro-democracy and anti-poverty activists were peacefully protesting the utterly corrupt nature of the Parliament in Westminster and demanding the reform of parliamentary representation (which afforded less than 2% of people the right to …
globalresearch.ca/nonviolent-resistance-…

COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with AstraZeneca: A Threat to Public Health
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
A Reuters article republished by Bangkok Post titled, "Thailand to make, supply AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine" would claim that Thailand has agreed to make AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. | This is despite the vaccine not only not having passed clinical trials or having …
globalresearch.ca/warning-covid-19-vacci…

California nurses declare: 'Patients over profits!'
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2020-10-14
California nurses during their Oct. 7-12 strike. This statement was released Oct.7 by the Organizing Committee of the Workers Assembly. Over 1,000 nurses in California began a five-day strike on Oct. 7 to protest hospital management's failure to protect nurses and patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The . . . | Continue reading California nurses declare: 'Patients over profits!' at Workers.org
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Our Downward Path to Wisdom
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us–if at all–not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men. — T S Eliot, "The Hollow Men" (1925) I remember about a quarter century ago, I read about some LA nut job who sat down in an…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/our-downward…

Protests intensify in Thailand in response to pre-emptive arrests by police
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-14
21 individuals were arrested from the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on October 13, Tuesday, as they congregated for demonstrations planned for the next day. The news of the arrests has triggered widespread outrage and protests…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/14/protests-…

UK Legal Action Launched over Missing £3 Billion Tories Spent on Private Coronavirus Contracts
Joe Mellor | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
"When billions of pounds of public money is handed out to private companies, some of them with political connections but no experience in delivering medical supplies, ministers should be explaining why those companies were awarded the contracts." | *** | There has …
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Answer to fascist threat? Working class struggle!
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2020-10-14
The following are lightly edited remarks from Workers World Party's Oct. 8 webinar on the recent election debates, with WWP's First Secretary Larry Holmes in New York City, leading comrade Teresa Gutierrez in San Antonio, and comrade moderator Ted Kelly in Philadelphia. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 . . . | Continue reading Answer to fascist threat? Working class struggle! at Workers.org
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Liberalism and Fascism: Partners in Crime
Gabriel Rockhill | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
Time and again we hear that liberalism is the last bulwark against fascism. It represents a defense of the rule of law and democracy in the face of aberrant, malevolent demagogues intent on destroying a perfectly good system for their own gain. This apparent opposition has been deeply engrained in contemporary so-called Western liberal democracies through their shared origin myth.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/liberalism-a…

Gambling industry generates four times more taxes and jobs than fishing
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-10-14
Britain, in particular, has a long and rich history of the gambling industry that goes back to around the 1500s. Spa towns such as Bath, Epsom, and Tunbridge Wells became popular after around that time for the wealthy. They enjoyed lawn bowling and dancing, as well as the medical benefits that spa towns were perceived …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/gambling-industry-generates-four-times-more-taxes-and-jobs-than-fishing/

All It Takes Is a Spark: Syrian Wildfires Turn Olive Trees into Ashes
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Latakia: Friday morning in the coastal city of Latakia, Syria seemed normal at first. Even though the October weather was still far hotter than normal, not many noticed the unusually strong winds wiping through the countryside, filled with olives, citrus, …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-wildfires-turn-…

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy
Dr. Russell Blaylock | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …
globalresearch.ca/face-masks-pose-seriou…

Muammar Gaddafi's Cousin to Sue Hillary Clinton for 'Destroying Libya'
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The political official of the Libyan National Struggle Front, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, began on Monday, the first steps to sue former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on charges of spreading destruction and supporting terrorism in Libya. | The cousin of the …
globalresearch.ca/muammar-gaddafi-cousin…

Is returning to the classroom worth the risk?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-14
Baltimore City Schools say they can safely return the most-at risk students to the classroom, but some argue reopening too soon could exacerbate chronic racial health disparities.
therealnews.com/is-returning-to-the-clas…

Trump's Weaponization of the National Security State
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump's most vocal loyalist and a serial violator of the Hatch Act, carried out the president's order to release Hillary Clinton's emails sent through her home server between 2009 and 2012. Trump said that he was "not happy" with the way the secretary was "running the State Department" and that he should "get them out." Pompeo immediately announced he would do so on Trump's network, Fox News.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/trumps-weapo…

Anti-Chinese Racism Sets Stage for New McCarthyism
John V. Walsh | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-14
More than a dozen young visiting scholars from China had their visas abruptly terminated in a letter from administration of the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, on August 26, in a letter dated …August 26! The letter informed the students that they could return to campus from their lodgings to pick up belongings, but …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/anti-chinese-…

UK Government Accused of 'Cronyism' after Tory Councilor Wins £156m COVID Contract
Peter Geoghegan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
A small, loss-making firm run by a Conservative councillor in Stroud was given a £156m contract to import PPE from China without any competition, openDemocracy has learned. | Steve Dechan's company, P14 Medical, signed the huge contract to supply medical …
globalresearch.ca/government-accused-cro…

Annual Alpine Crucifixions
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-14
Morgen in Riesengebirge, by Caspar David Friedrich Sometimes it can be useful to be brief. Last year, the wave of worry, promoted by the Swedish Alberich, without at least the artistic virtue of her deceased compatriot, Birgit Nilsson, stimulated predictions of imminent Gà∂tterdà§mmerung. This virtually Wagnerian kitsch was further dramatised by the pretensious performers of troupes apocalyptical …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/annual-alpine…

TRNN talks to Kentucky lawmaker Attica Scott, who was arrested at a protest for Breonna Taylor
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-14
Scott helped author legislation banning no-knock warrants, known as "Breonna's Law."
therealnews.com/trnn-talks-to-kentucky-l…

Ban on Kurdish-language play in Istanbul sparks condemnation
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-14
Ban on Kurdish-language play in Istanbul sparks condemnation | Mayor of Istanbul slams governor's decision to ban satirical play over 'PKK propaganda' | MEE and agencies | Wed, 10/14/2020 – 10: 15 | Actor Ruges Kirici outside the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theatre after authorities had banned a Kurdish-language play, 13 October 2020 (AFP) | Istanbul's governorate has banned a Kurdish-language play th…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-ban-ku…

Workers Party of Ireland on Denver organizers: "Stop U.S. Repression, Drop the Charges!"
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-10-14
The Workers' Party of Ireland expresses its extreme concern at the growing repression against those who stand up and speak out against the United States and their reactionary regime.
liberationnews.org/workers-party-of-irel…

Anti-Chinese Racism Sets Stage for New McCarthyism
John V. Walsh | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
More than a dozen young visiting scholars from China had their visas abruptly terminated in a letter from administration of the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, on August 26, in a letter dated …August 26! The letter informed the …
globalresearch.ca/anti-chinese-racism-se…

Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Dear Global Research Readers, | As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the …
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Russia and the European Union Looking for Common Business Language
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
Despite the series of sanctions, corporate European businesses are still highly interested in Russia and Russia recognizes the enormous significance and invaluable contributions of these businesses in its economy. The stark reality is that there are more European businesses in …
globalresearch.ca/russia-europe-looking-…

Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media
Docs4opendebate | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in …
globalresearch.ca/open-letter-medical-do…

Massive protests rock Kashmir's Srinagar after security forces allegedly assault two youth
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-14
On October 13, Tuesday, protests hit Srinagar in Kashmir following an alleged assault on two youth by patrolling soldiers in the city's Rawalpora area. Locals came out on the streets in large numbers raising anti-army slogans, and blocked a main road in the city. Protesters have demanded strict action against the personnel involved in the assault on 20-year-old Shahid Ahad and 21-year-old Auqib Dar. | As per the families of the youth, the two were merely passing by when they were stopped by the stationed troops, who then began "thrashing them indiscriminately." The two received critical injuries and were immediat…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/14/massive-p…

This is what the sixth mass extinction looks like. And here's why you should care
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-14
Unhealthy ecosystems jeopardize our ability to meet our most basic needs: Water, food, medicine, clean air. There is no one on the planet this doesn't impact. And loss of biodiversity hurts the poorest the most.
therealnews.com/this-is-what-sixth-mass-…

Socialism's increasing popularity doesn't bring media out of McCarthy era
Joshua Cho | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
Ever since the Great Recession in 2008, and accelerating with Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential run, there has been a resurgence of popularity and interest in socialism in the U.S., and an increasing skepticism of capitalism.
mronline.org/2020/10/14/socialisms-incre…

A response to McAfee: No, the "Environmental Kuznets Curve" won't save us
Jason Hickel | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
A number of people have asked me to respond to a piece that Andrew McAfee wrote for Wired, promoting his book, which claims that rich countries — and specifically the United States — have accomplished the miracle of "green growth" and "dematerialization", absolutely decoupling GDP from resource use.
mronline.org/2020/10/14/a-response-to-mc…

The political economy of intellectual property
Michael Perelman | mronline.org | 2020-10-14
The dramatic expansion of intellectual property rights represents a new stage in commodification that threatens to make virtually everything bad about capitalism even worse.
mronline.org/2020/10/14/the-political-ec…

Threats to the Life of Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege in Seeking Peace and Justice in the DRC
African Bar Association | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
The African Bar Association wishes to express deep concern about the recent threats to the life and person of Dr. Denis Mukwege. This misguided threats arising from the activist activities of the Nobel Laureate in seeking for justice in …
globalresearch.ca/press-statement-africa…

The Art of the Weapons Deal in the Age of Trump
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2020-10-14
By William D. Hartung / TomDispatch The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world's leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the endlessly war-torn Middle East. There, believe it or not, the U.S. controls nearly half the arms market. From Yemen to Libya to Egypt, sales by this country and its… | Source…
scheerpost.com/2020/10/14/the-art-of-the…

France's 'Crisis' with Islam: A Legacy of 200 Years of Colonial Brutality
Joseph Massad | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-14
France is in crisis. | Official and unofficial Christian French radical extremism, legitimising itself under the umbrella of what the French ostentatiously call laicité, continues to increase its attacks on French and non-French Muslims. | The Collectif contre l'islamophobie en France (CCIF) …
globalresearch.ca/france-crisis-islam-le…

Protests against police violence in Nigeria continue for the sixth day
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-10-14
The protesters' main demands are the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police and an end to police brutality. The government was forced to give in and dissolve SARS…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/14/protests-…

Britain Takes a Beating…From Itself
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-14
UK Covid-19 positive tests surged 56% in a week. At the same time, contact-tracing descended to a new low– 5,722 fewer people were tested. Only two-thirds of those who tested positive had their details entered into the tracing system, and a mere 68.6% of the immediate contacts of positive cases were reached. In addition, waiting times have risen again for those awaiting test results.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/14/britain-take…

Derecho al voto: 'caridad capitalista' vs democracia obrera
Editor | workers.org | 2020-10-14
Durante esta temporada de elecciones en Estados Unidos, mucha gente sigue luchando por acceder al derecho universal burgués al voto, supuestamente la fundación de la "democracia" capitalista. Ha sido una lucha cuesta arriba desde 1776 cuando solo los hombres blancos con propiedades que eran protestantes podían votar legalmente. A todos . . . | Continue reading Derecho al voto: 'caridad capitalista' vs democracia obrera at Workers.org
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Idaho university threatens expulsion for students who DELIBERATELY contract coronavirus to sell plasma with antibodies
rt.com | 2020-10-14
Idaho's Brigham Young University has urged students to refrain from purposely infecting themselves with the coronavirus in hopes of cashing in on payments for plasma donations, threatening expulsion for those caught doing so. | "BYU-Idaho is deeply troubled by accounts of individuals who have intentionally exposed themselves for others to Covid-19, with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains Covid-19 antibodies," the school said in a recent notice. | The university condemns this behavior and is active…
rt.com/usa/503425-idaho-university-stude…

Twitter BLOCKS sharing links to NYPost's Hunter Biden emails story, invoking 'HACKED MATERIALS' policy for first time ever
rt.com | 2020-10-14
Twitter has one-upped Facebook's censorship regarding a story based on alleged emails from Democratic candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter about his Ukraine dealings, blocking all users from sharing it via tweet or direct message. | Twitter users were blocked on Wednesday from sharing the New York Post story critical of the Bidens published just that morning. The decision was based on a never-before-invoked "hacked materials policy" that Twitter announced hours after Facebook had stomped on the same story.
rt.com/usa/503531-twitter-bans-share-bid…

White Americans Are More Demonized Than Jews In Nazi Germany
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-14
After 55 years of special privileges and special pleading for black Americans, where do we stand? Integration has failed. Black Americans, or more correctly, those who speak for them, want black-only towns, black-only college dorms, black-only dining halls, and a black national anthem. Except for the black anthem, that's what they had a half century ago prior to "affirmative action." | How is it that when blacks demand segregation, it is not racism? | As Lawrence Stratton and I demonstrated in our book The New Color Line (1), racial quotas were strictly prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Nevertheless, the l…
thealtworld.com/paul_craig_roberts/white…

Barrett Decried Roe's "Barbaric Legacy," But Now Says She Doesn't Have an Agenda
Chris Walker | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
Amy Coney Barrett refused on Tuesday to give a straightforward answer on the question of whether she believes a landmark abortion case should remain intact or not…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/barrett-decried-ro…

Sanitising the Polity: Making the Protester Invisible
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
What is a democracy in which roads and public spaces come to be given precedence over the common humanity who build them and put them to use?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/sanitising-the-pol…

Indonesia: kill the bill, or it will kill us all
Fathimah Fildzah Izzati | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
Indonesia's trade unions and social movements are taking to the streets against anti-worker legislation…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/indonesia-kill-the…

Afghanistan: 19 Years of War
Maya Evans | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
19 years later and the US is still trying to extricate itself out of the longest war in its history…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/afghanistan-19-yea…

Waiting for a Vaccine: Killing for Inequality
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
I have been harping on the fact that it is very likely China will be mass producing and distributing a vaccine at least a month, and quite possibly several months, before the United States. This should make people very angry.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/waiting-for-a-vacc…

'It instilled such problems': ex-member of Amy Coney Barrett's faith group speaks out
Stephanie Kirchgaessner | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
Former insiders and religious scholars say scrutiny of Barrett's connection to People of Praise is entirely legitimate…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/it-instilled-such-…

How Texas Republicans Paved the Way for Their Own Demise
Akela Lacy | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
The Texas GOP's business-friendly policies have brought unexpected electoral changes to the state's booming suburbs…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-texas-republic…

Escalation in Portland
Mike Hastie | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
When a vigilante carries a deadly weapon and is belligerent, it is just a matter of time before his trigger finger takes the law into his own hands…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/escalation-in-port…

Dealing With Differences
Michael Albert | zcomm.org | 2020-10-14
Both individually and in organizations we should celebrate differences and, when possible, should keep alive varied approaches so that everyone benefits from lessons and accomplishments others attain…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/dealing-with-diffe…

Military Bases Never Go Unused
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
If, like me, you have the unfortunate habit of pointing out the dishonesty of the cases made for various wars, and you begin to persuade people that the wars are not actually for the eradication of the weapons of mass destruction that they proliferate, or the elimination of the terrorists that they generate, or the spreading of the democracy that they stifle, most people will soon ask "Well, then, what are the wars for?" | At this point, there are two common mistakes. One is to suppose there's a single answer. The other is to suppose that the answers must all make rational sense.
popularresistance.org/military-bases-nev…

Two Massive New Leaks Show Dirty Underbelly Of Empire
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
Most Americans don't know reality. | They know their personal reality, but unfortunately their reality is thoroughly detached from real pure, uncut reality. For example, do they know that police across the country work with corporations to criminalize journalism? Do they know that large PR companies created a false reality to justify U.S. intervention in Syria? Do they know the word "intervention" acts as a euphemism for "cold-blooded murder under false pretenses"? | Americans don't know these aspects of reality. You and I wouldn't know either if it weren't for leaks and whistleblowers.
popularresistance.org/two-massive-new-le…

When Is An obelisk Not Just An Obelisk?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
New Mexico – When I was a child, my dad and I would sometimes walk down to Santa Fe Plaza, especially on cool autumn afternoons. We would get Cokes from Woolworth's. My father would visit with friends and family, selling under the portal of the Palace of the Governor's, and we would sit in the center of the Plaza, on the stone banco around the obelisk. My dad would point out the word savage which was etched into the marble plaque, and he would laugh. | "Those are your ancestors," he would say, with no little bit of irony.
popularresistance.org/when-is-an-obelisk…

P&G Investors Challenge CEO Over Forest Destruction Concerns
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
Washington – In a shocking move by Procter & Gamble's shareholders that defied the company's own recommendations, two-thirds of Procter & Gamble (P&G) shareholders voted "yes" at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday, October 13, to pass a proposal on forest sourcing and impacts. The vote is a clear indication that despite repeated insistence from company executives, the world's largest consumer goods company is not doing enough to deal with the financial threats of deforestation and forest degradation in its supply chains.
popularresistance.org/pg-investors-chall…

Fracked Gas Pipeline In Brooklyn Continues
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
New York City – Fracked gas could soon be running through a new pipeline near you, despite rising calls for construction on the North Brooklyn Pipeline to be halted immediately. | National Grid started construction on the Metropolitan Natural Gas Reliability Project — also known as the North Brooklyn Pipeline — more than three years ago in May 2017. | Now the first four phases of the pipeline are almost complete, and the utility wants to start running gas through it in the coming months, according to state filings.
popularresistance.org/fracked-gas-pipeli…

California Is Ready To Pilot A Postal Banking Solution
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-14
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is under attack and at grave risk. But with that many Americans are awakening to both the value of the USPS and the manifest dangers of privatization. The crisis has also sparked renewed interest in postal banking, a win-win approach that could both make the USPS more financially resilient and provide badly needed financial services to tens of millions of Americans. | Over the past several months, this constitutionally enshrined and highly-regarded public institution has been sabotaged from both within and without.
popularresistance.org/california-is-read…

Thursday 10/15: Gig Workers Demand No On Prop 22 At Uber HQ in San Francisco
Gig Workers Rising | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Uber HQ on Market Street…
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Sunday 10/18: Women's March Action Online: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 2)
Women's March Action | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Online/digital action options during COVID-19…
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In CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice
Ramona du Houx | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That's three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located near oil industry operations in California, one of America's top crude oil and gas producing states. Gov. Newsom needs to addr…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883753…

Thursday 10/15: 10/15 SF Rally Against Prop 22-Sick of GIG Greed
SFLC | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
SF City Hall | Polk &McAllister St. | SF | March to UBER HA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/14/1883754…

Green Infrastructure Bringing Nature Education, Stormwater Management to Church and School
Kyla Donato | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Greenprint Partners recently announced the approval of two green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) grants for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and St. Thomas More School. The $2.69 investment will manage 2.2 million gallons of stormwater annually. Nature-based GSI will enhance the local community by delivering environmental, health, and economic benefits while also contributing to SFPUC's goal of managing one billion gallons of stormwater by 2050.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883753…

La colonizacià≤n extractivista de Abya Yala
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
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Wednesday 10/14: Know Your Props: Panel Discussion on the 12 California Ballot Propositions
Planned Parenthood MM and partners | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883753…

The War on Cuba
Maité Rizo | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Is the Cuba Blockade a Myth?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883753…

Saturday 10/17: Women's March Action: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 1)
Women's March Action | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Online/digital action options during COVID-19…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/14/1883754…

IMF Economic Reports: Inequality and Poverty Rising Amidst COVID Crisis
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
Analyzing the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund released the Global Financial Stability Report and the 2020 World Economic Outlook Report, "A Long and Difficult Ascent." The economic outlook report projects global economic growth to contract 4.4%.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/13/1883753…

Healthcare Workers Endorse Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council
Santa Cruz News Network | indybay.org | 2020-10-14
The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has endorsed Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election. Additionally, NUHW has endorsed John Leopold for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 1.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/10/12/1883752…

Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-14
We've all seen the stats on America's extreme inequality. Over 20 percent of our nation's income flows to the top 1 percent. The top 1 percent's share of our country's wealth is approaching 40 percent. Our top 0.1 percent hold roughly the same share of our wealth as our bottom 90 percent.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/10/14/in…

The Heat: China's response to COVID-19
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2020-10-14
China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year. While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. …
america.cgtn.com/2020/10/14/the-heat-chi…

Iran, Russia discuss bilateral trade cooperation
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart reviewed the latest status of Iran-Russia trade cooperation on Wednesday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164745/Iran-Russia-…

'Careless Crime' goes to Vinennale Film Festival
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian film, Jenayat-e Bi Deghat (Careless Crime in English) has been accepted into the 2020 edition of Viennale Film Festival in Austria.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164704/Careless-Cri…

Funeral procession of 'Akbar Alami'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The funeral procession of Iran's cinema critic, documentary filmmaker Akbar Alami was held in Tehran on Wednesday.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/164736/Funeral-pro…

Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164729/Iran-COVID-1…

Iran opposes any foreign military presence in Persian Gulf
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that the Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf region.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164739/Iran-opposes…

Economic convict, corruptor extradited from Europe: Judiciary
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Following the notification of Judiciary Chief and for the first time, a major economic convict was extradited to the country from Europe.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164748/Economic-con…

Flow of resistance must reach beyond borders of Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — An Afghan poet and cultural expert, stressed the need for recognizing the enemies of the Islamic world accurately with cultural and artistic tools.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164734/Flow-of-resi…

Security situation in world has worsened: Iran UN envoy
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador to the United Nations warned against return of Cold War-era mentality, stating that threat of weapons of mass destruction and outer space and cybernetic threats have worsened security situation in the world.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164741/Security-sit…

VIDEO: Flash flood claims dozen lives in SE Asia
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Above 40 people have died in Vietnam and Cambodia and scores more were missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards the Vietnamese coast.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164727/VIDEO-Flash-…

New sanctions on Iran more window dressing: Atlantic Council
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Atlantic Council in a report on Wednesday named the new round of US sanctions of Iran as "more window dressing than anything of strategic import".
en.mehrnews.com/news/164724/New-sanction…

Abdullah Abdullah to visit Tehran on Sunday: FM spox
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-10-14
TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is set to visit Iran on Sunday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/164747/Abdullah-Abd…

Duchess of Cambridge visits Tommy's Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-14
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for Baby Loss Awareness Week, meeting families and experts at Imperial.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206633/duchess-cambridge-visits-tommys-centre-miscarriage

England, Wales and Scotland among nations with highest death toll from pandemic
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-14
England, Wales and Scotland had among the highest rate of deaths from all causes, including COVID-19, as a result of the first wave of the pandemic.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206573/england-wales-scotland-among-nations-with

Severe morning sickness linked to depression new study finds
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-10-14
Severe morning sickness increases the risk of depression both during and after pregnancy, new research has found.
imperial.ac.uk/news/206533/severe-morning-sickness-linked-depression-study

ALP backs Coalition's gas and guns 'recovery' plan in weak budget reply
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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XR tells naked truth at NSW Independent Planning Commission
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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Thai democracy activists warn of military action against students
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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Rally calls for freedom for 'Mandela of Kurdistan'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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University of Sydney staff protest attacks on higher education
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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Hundreds gather safely to oppose transphobic bill, arrests made
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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Community says 'no' to new incinerators
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-10-14
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Superman Versus The Davos Despots
John R. Hall | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-10-14
George Carlin warned all good Americans to think critically at their own peril. Although life has now become somewhat difficult…even lonely at times, I have forsaken his fascetious advice. When I was a child, my grandfather was my god. Pops. I can still see his steady eyes touching some secret place deep inside me as …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/10/superman-vers…

A Woman's Life
JoAnn Wypijewski | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
A Woman's Life…
thenation.com/article/society/covid-elde…

The law is failing to protect private renters from unfair evictions
Jasmine Norden | thecanary.co | 2020-10-14
Only one in four renters are protected by their council from eviction "if their home is found to be unsafe", leaving renters vulnerable now courts have reopened. | Freedom of Information data collected by Generation Rent revealed that only 24.6% of cases saw councils issue improvement notices to landlords after finding severe hazards. | Improvement notices protect tenants from eviction for six mon…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/10/14/the-…

The corporate press pack just descended into disgraceful farce
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-10-14
The corporate media descended into farce on Tuesday 13 October. Because the public were once again subjected to the worst kind of journalism. It's one where supposed professional reporters are little more than Tory lapdogs. | Client journalism in full swing: | As 'Client Journalism' Expert pointed out, several corporate journalists shared similar tweets. It was a comment by one of those now-infamous 'government sources'. The quote was in response to Labour leader Keir Starmer's press conference: | Looks like they're all in…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/10/14/the-cor…

The law is failing to protect private renters from unfair evictions
Jasmine Norden | thecanary.co | 2020-10-14
Only one in four renters are protected by their council from eviction "if their home is found to be unsafe", leaving renters vulnerable now courts have reopened. | Freedom of Information data collected by Generation Rent revealed that only 24.6% of cases saw councils issue improvement notices to landlords after finding severe hazards. | Improvement notices protect tenants from eviction for six mon…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discover…

The corporate press pack just descended into disgraceful farce
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-10-14
The corporate media descended into farce on Tuesday 13 October. Because the public were once again subjected to the worst kind of journalism. It's one where supposed professional reporters are little more than Tory lapdogs. | Client journalism in full swing: | As 'Client Journalism' Expert pointed out, several corporate journalists shared similar tweets. It was a comment by one of those now-infamous 'government sources'. The quote was in response to Labour leader Keir Starmer's press conference: | pic.twitter.com/QOMx47yAB…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/10/14/the-cor…

The Simple, Profound Message of Pope Francis's New Encyclical
Sister Simone Campbell | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
The Simple, Profound Message of Pope Francis's New Encyclical…
thenation.com/article/society/pope-franc…

Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election
Alexandra Sharat | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election…
thenation.com/article/politics/women-vot…

Paula Jean Swearengin Wants to Turn West Virginia Blue
Daniel Boguslaw | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
Paula Jean Swearengin Wants to Turn West Virginia Blue…
thenation.com/article/politics/paula-jea…

The Myths of Martin Scorsese's Mob Magnum Opus
Adam Nayman | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
The Myths of Martin Scorsese's Mob Magnum Opus…
thenation.com/article/culture/made-men-g…

The US Is Still the World's Biggest Arms Dealer
William D. Hartung | thenation.com | 2020-10-14
Regardless of who is elected president this November, American arms businesses will continue to export arsenals to the Middle East and around the world.
thenation.com/article/world/trump-milita…

Russian-brokered ceasefire in Azeri-Armenian war collapses
wsws.org | 2020-10-13
Conflicts are escalating across the region, as Turkish officials supporting Azeri forces threatened to restart Mediterranean oil drilling, prompting warnings from Greece.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/10/13/cauc…

How Azerbaijan Is Lobbying Washington to Sanitize Its War
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2020-10-13
Documents reveal a flurry of activity to convince beltway elites that Armenia is the aggressor and the U.S. should favor Azerbaijan. | Barbara BOLAND | As conflict heats up over Nagorno-Karabakh, a tiny Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, a covert battle is taking place on Capitol Hill to win the hearts and minds of lawmakers in Washington. | Since hostilities began on September 27, hundreds of lives have been lost as Azerbaijani drones have flown within 20 miles of Yerevan, Armenia's capital, and an Armenian strike was carried out on a military base in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja. | "The next targets could be…
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Video: Azerbaijani Military Destroys Armenian S-300s as Humanitarian Ceasefire Nears Its Collapse
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-13
The Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region does not show signs of nearing its end despite the humanitarian ceasefire launched in the region. The ceasefire started in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at 12: 00 local time on October 10. The ceasefire deal …
globalresearch.ca/video-azerbaijani-mili…

Leaker of Pentagon Papers: Trump Is an Enemy of the Constitution and Must Be Defeated
Daniel Ellsberg | commondreams.org | 2020-10-13
As president he has assaulted not only the First Amendment but also virtually every other aspect and institution of our country that preserves us as a republic. (Photo: Christopher Michel, noamgalai / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Colleges Pander to Trump in Effort to Stifle Campus Organizing
Eleanor Bader | zcomm.org | 2020-10-13
Organizers emphasize that they are taking COVID-19 protocols extremely seriously, but say that administrations are exploiting the virus's threat to crack down on dissent…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/colleges-pander-to…

How To Stuff The Middle East With Weaponry
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world's leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the endlessly war-torn Middle East. There, believe it or not, the U.S. controls nearly half the arms market. From Yemen to Libya to Egypt, sales by this country and its allies are playing a significant role in fueling some of the world's most devastating conflicts. But Donald Trump, even before he was felled by Covid-19 and sent to Walter Reed Medical Center, could not have cared less, as long as he thought such trafficking…
popularresistance.org/how-to-stuff-the-m…

Doctor Fauci Made Trump Grouchy
Marshall Sahlins | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-13
Doctor Fauci | Made Trump grouchy | Threw him into a rage | But with virus not subtle | He made such a muddle | His fall was hard to gauge…
counterpunch.org/2020/10/13/doctor-fauci…

Wars and Pandemics Produce the Same Sort of Lethal Government Bungling
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-13
Watching the antics of Trump and the blunders of Boris Johnson in failing to cope with the virus, I have the same feeling I had repeatedly over the last 20 years when reporting on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya. In all cases, arrogant assumptions of competence and strength were brutally exposed by complicated and dangerous realities on the ground.
counterpunch.org/2020/10/13/wars-and-pan…

Trump Seeking New START Deal Pre-Election?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-13
Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has been a deal-breaker, not maker. | Hardliners surrounding him obstructed efforts to extend New START. | The last remaining Russia/US arms control agreement expires on February 5, 2021. | Unacceptable US demands on extending New …
globalresearch.ca/trump-seeking-new-star…

Trump's new Iran sanctions hurt civilians and threaten war
The Alternative World | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-13
Grayzone- Pushback with Aaron Maté | Weeks before the U.S. election, the Trump administration has imposed crushing new sanctions that sever Iran from the global financial system and further threaten the import of humanitarian goods. The Israeli government and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-regime change think tank, reportedly lobbied White House officials for the new move. | Assal Rad of the National Iranian American Council discusses how the sanctions target Iranian civilians, and threaten an outbreak of military conflict. | Guest: Assal Rad, Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Cou…
thealtworld.com/thealtworld/trumps-new-i…

The Real News Network and Project Censored present — 'United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-13
The latest Project Censored documentary, followed by a discussion featuring Abby Martin, Nolan Higdon, Eleanor Goldfield, and Mickey Huff. Hosted by The Real News Network's Jaisal Noor.
therealnews.com/the-real-news-network-an…

'Capitalism on a Ventilator'/ The impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-10-13
"Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S" chronicles the terminal decline of capitalism. The book itself is an example of what can be accomplished through cooperation by progressive working-class organizations. This anthology is a collaboration by social justice advocates like Ajamu Baraka of the . . . | Continue reading 'Capitalism on a Ventilator'/ The impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S. at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/10/51831/?utm_source=rs…

Why did Amnesty UK, Bellingcat and White Helmets sabotage Roger Waters webinar on corporate pollution?
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-10-13
The Grayzone obtained audio of a call in which Roger Waters confronted Amnesty leadership over efforts by Syria regime-change operatives — including its own staff — to sabotage an Amazon Watch webinar on Chevron's pollution of Ecuador. The campaign manager of Amnesty International UK, Kristyan Benedict, appears to have removed an Amnesty International tweet announcing an Amazon Watch webinar to raise awareness both of Chevron's pollution of an indigenous region of Ecuador and the company's ruthless persecution of environmental lawyer …
thegrayzone.com/2020/10/12/amnesty-uk-be…

This Amazon Grocery Runner Has Risked Her Job to Fight for Better Safety Measures
Michelle Chen | zcomm.org | 2020-10-13
Courtenay Brown knows she could be on the streets if she loses her job at an Amazon Fresh unit. She's speaking out about scant Covid-19 safety measures and lack of workplace benefits anyway…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/this-amazon-grocer…

Amazon Workers in Germany Strike on Prime Day for Better Pay and Right to Organize 'Without Big Brother Watching'
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-10-13
"While Amazon claims that they respect workers' right to join and form trade unions, it has not publicly disavowed… claims about surveillance and tracking of worker organizing and labor union activity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/10/13/amazon-…

Ahead of Prime Day, Amazon Must Respect Workers' Right to Unionize
commondreams.org | 2020-10-13
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The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-13
Minor Edits on October 13, 2020 | It is now confirmed beyond doubt that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is meaningless. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What it detects are particles …
globalresearch.ca/the-covid-19-roadmap-t…

Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-10-13
The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …
globalresearch.ca/video-covid-gate-the-p…

On Contact: Yugoslavia/USA Déjà Vu
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses what happened three decades ago in Yugoslavia when the country broke into brutal warring factions, and the parallels in the US today, with Croatian author and journalist, Slavenka Drakulić. | Drakulić's book 'They Would Never Hurt a Fly' is about the war criminals from the former Yugoslavia who were put on trial in the Hague. She explores not only the motivations of these killers and their sense of themselves, but also how such crimes were allowed to be perpetrated in her country.
popularresistance.org/on-contact-yugosla…

SCOTUS Hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett Began Yesterday
sputniknews.com | 2020-10-13
On this edition of The Critical Hour, Co-hosts Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges about SCOTUS nomination Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her hearing, which began yesterday.
sputniknews.com/radio_the_critical_hour/…

A Rigged Judiciary Leads to Rigged Elections: Ari Berman on Barrett Hearings & GOP Voter Suppression
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-13
Amy Coney Barrett's involvement in the court fight over the 2000 presidential election, when she was a member of George W. Bush's legal team, shows she is willing to bend the law to benefit Republican candidates, says Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman. "That's what's so disturbing about Amy Coney Barrett, because that's exactly what President Trump wants to do right now," says Berman. "He wants a justice who will rule his way on the vote count, no matter what the facts or the law actually says." Berman also looks at challenges voters are facing nationwide as early voting is underway from Georgia to Arizona, where…
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Packing the Courts: How Republicans Spent Decades Installing Judges to Cement Minority Rule
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-13
Amid Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, we look at how conservatives have used dark money to push to seat her on the Supreme Court before the November 3 election, following a decades-long project by conservatives to install right-wing judges across the federal judiciary. "There's no doubt that what we're facing is, increasingly, rule by a minority," says former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Lisa Graves, executive director of True North Research. "When people say that the court needs to be packed, it really needs to be unpacked."
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"Let the People Decide!" Protests at Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Decry GOP Power Grab, Attack on ACA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-10-13
Hundreds protested outside the Senate Monday against the confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. At least 21 were arrested after staging a sit-in to oppose the Senate pushing through Barrett's nomination in the middle of the presidential election. Senate Democrats warn the federal judge's record suggests she would overturn the Affordable Care Act and threaten reproductive rights if she takes the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Trump and the Republicans are trying to execute a power grab," says Ana María Archila, co-executive director of…
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Changing To An Ecological Way Of Valuing National Economies
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
The Global South is adversely impacted by the many crises that exist in this world – the climate crisis, pandemic, recession, war to name a few. Although the Global South is wealthy in terms of culture, biodiversity, knowledge and more, the way the Global North defines what is valuable contributes to economic inequality between the North and South and exploitation of peoples and the planet. Now, my guests Arnie Saiki and Chanzo Greenidge are challenging that paradigm with a new concept of intemerate accounting. The idea is receiving growing support by Pacific Island nations. They explain what it is and how social…
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Tearing down Columbus statues is just the first step
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-10-13
As Christopher Columbus statues come down across the U.S., and his legacy is being reevaluated, the real story must be told. We talk about how Columbus' actions continue to impact Indigenous, Black and Brown communities today through genocide and colonization, and what we can do to fix it.
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One Of The Best Climate Solutions Is Giving Indigenous People Their Land Back
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
The work of our time is both slow and fast, rapidly transforming human society in the short and long term simultaneously. That can't happen without re-examining our relationships with each other and with every other living thing on the planet. | An honest one-sentence summary of the past 500 years is brutal reading: Tens of millions of Indigenous people around the world have been killed and forcibly removed from their lands in order to make rich and powerful white men even more rich and powerful. It's still happening today.
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Monument To Colonialism Toppled On Indigenous Peoples' Day
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
New Mexico – Visitors to the historic plaza in Santa Fe, a bastion of liberalism in northern New Mexico, will find a charming square in the Spanish colonial style, surrounded by shops selling native wares — typically sold by non-native peoples — and a monument at the center of it all celebrating the slaughter of the area's original, commercially monetized inhabitants. | At least until Monday, when protesters marked Indigenous Peoples' Day by tying a chain around the monument, managing to topple it amid clashes with police.
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Native Americans Tear Gassed, Arrested On Indigenous Peoples' Day
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
Twelve people, including at least eight Native Americans, were arrested near an immigration checkpoint in Southern Arizona on Indigenous Peoples' Day after United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors. | The O'odham Anti Border Collective–a group of Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, and Hia Ced O'odham tribal members that seeks to promote the cultural practices and protect the homelands of all O'odham nations "through the dismantling of colonial borders"…
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Junipero Serra Statue Attacked in Bay Area
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day | indybay.org | 2020-10-13
Last night, the statue of Junipero Serra was defaced and covered in red paint to signify the colonial violence and genocide that has been and continues to be enacted upon the Indigenous people of this land, specifically in this context by spanish imperialism and the catholic church.
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Flyer Distributed During the Indigenous Slaughter Day Protest
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-10-13
Two demonstrations were held remembering the lives and deaths of Native people as well as the local homeless and poor on October 12th also known in settler-celebrator circles as "Columbus Day" and among others as Indigenous Peoples Day.
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To Decolonize Indigenous Lands, We Must Also Abolish Police and Prisons
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-10-13
The movement to decolonize Indigenous lands is intimately connected to the movement to abolish police and prisons. As the idea of decolonization is discussed among wider circles, we must recognize this interconnectedness, especially in the midst of a resurgent Black Lives Matter movement that calls for the defunding — and, in fact, the dismantling — of police. | Both decolonization and abolition are not simply seeking an end result. Instead they are continuous creative processes: an ima…
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WFTU: 75 years of working-class unionism
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-10-13
The World Federation of Trade Unions marked its 75th anniversary on Oct. 3. Its 1945 founding Congress in Paris "spoke in the name of the working people of the world organized in trade unions who wanted a world free from war and social injustices. The foundation of the WFTU was . . . | Continue reading WFTU: 75 years of working-class unionism at Workers.org
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Those Who Do Not Learn From History are Condemned to reTweet It
Mitchel Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-13
ìThe first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy Ö one of the first and most important tasks of the militant proletariat. î Karl Marx & Frederick Engels, The Communist Manifesto My aim is to reinvent the wheel. My goal…
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Bodies recovered after migrant boat capsizes off coast of Tunisia
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-13
Bodies recovered after migrant boat capsizes off coast of Tunisia | Thirteen people, including three children, have drowned while seven have been rescued, say authorities | MEE and agencies | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 10: 38 | Tunisian coastguards patrol the area off Tunisia's northern town of Bizerte on 30 March 2017 (AFP) | At least 13 people have been confirmed drowned after a migrant boat sank off the coast of T…
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Trump Is Willing to Dismantle Democracy to Hold On to Power
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-10-13
Interview on the national and international significance of Trump's refusal to commit to a "peaceful transition to power" and his reliance on conspiracy theories…
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All Left Hands on Deck. Step 1: Defeat Trump. Step 2: Challenge Biden
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-10-13
The Trump regime must be brought down…
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Saudi-funded MBC's removal of Palestinian show raises questions over normalisation with Israel
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-13
Saudi-funded MBC's removal of Palestinian show raises questions over normalisation with Israel | The acclaimed historical drama was reinstated after backlash over fears of further Palestinian erasure from Arab broadcasts | Rayhan Uddin | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 15: 01 | 'The Palestinian Exodus' is among the most famous Arab historical dramas about the Palestinian struggle (Screengrab) | Saudi-funded TV channel MBC tempora…
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Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance
Shatha Hammad | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-13
Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance | In Palestine, relationships thrive despite years-long separations and physical barriers | Shatha Hammad | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 10: 52 | "Thirty eight Eids passed without Abdel Karim," Jinan Samara said after reuniting with her fiance, Abdel Karim, 18 years later (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | Abdel Karim Makhdar and Jinan Samara sit side by side o…
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Palestinian leaders call for Israel to release prisoner on 80th day of hunger strike
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-13
Palestinian leaders call for Israel to release prisoner on 80th day of hunger strike | The Israeli Supreme Court rejected Maher al-Akhras' petition for release on Tuesday, as right groups warn he is 'on the verge of death' | MEE staff | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 12: 54 | Maher al-Akhras with one of his children before his arrest in July by Israeli forces (Screengrab) | Several Palestinian political figures have raised the ala…
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Colonel Alexander Vindman's Revenge
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-10-13
During last year's impeachment process directed against President Donald Trump, Congress obtained testimony from a parade of witnesses to or participants in what was inevitably being referred to as UkraineGate. It centered around an investigation into whether Trump inappropriately sought a political quid…
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Expected Countervailing Forces to Trumpism are Failing
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-10-13
Let's give dangerous, dictatorial, corporatist, lawless, unstable, Donald Trump his due. He has shown us just how weak our various countervailing institutions and constitutional standards are in checking the excesses of the most impeachable President in American history. After three and a half years of corruption, cronyism, chaos, illegal wars, and destruction of law enforcement…
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[rewind] Dolores Huerta: A Tireless Voice for Workers
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2020-10-13
Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play This post originally appeared on September 15, 2017. We're reposting in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which leads grassroots community organizing. She and host Robert Scheer discuss Dolores, the new documentary about her… | Source…
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Scheer Intelligence: Wrestling Back Privacy From The Jaws Of Big Tech
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-10-13
Over the course of just a few decades, technology has come to play a role in nearly every single aspect of our lives. While there have been undeniable benefits to technological advances, one of the main concerns that has grown alongside its presence in daily life is how tech companies collect, use and profit from our data in ways we're often unaware of. James Steyer, a professor at Stanford University and the founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a leading consumer advocacy group that promotes safe media and technology for families, joins Robert Scheer on this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence" to discu…
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Details emerge of new right-wing coup plot in Bolivia ahead of election
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-13
This original reporting first appeared in Morning Star, Britain's daily socialist newspaper. Bolivia is on the verge of a bloodbath, the Morning Star was told Oct. 12, after details emerged of another plan by right-wing forces to derail next week's presidential and parliamentary elections. It is alleged that a new plot has been hatched that …
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Democrats silent on Trump's election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
wsws.org | 2020-10-13
Besides her potential role in an election coup d'etat, Barrett will shift the Supreme Court further to the right, gutting abortion rights, reversing protections for gays, attacking the separation of church and state, lifting restrictions on guns and blocking federal regulation of business.
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The Supreme Court to Decide Whether Chicago Can Keep Cars Locked Up When Debtors File for Bankruptcy
Nusrat Choudhury | aclu.org | 2020-10-13
Sandra Botello, an unemployed mother living in Chicago, faced a difficult financial choice — pay $400 in school fees for her son or cover the cost of renewing Chicago's mandatory vehicle sticker. She paid the school fees, keeping her son's education moving forward — but within weeks received five $200 tickets for not having a vehicle sticker. Late fees and collection fees caused her debt to balloon to nearly $3000. Chicago impou…
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Leading Democrat urges Biden to appoint Muslim federal judges if elected
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-10-13
Leading Democrat urges Biden to appoint Muslim federal judges if elected | Representative Grace Meng's call comes amid Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, whose form of Catholicism has been a point of contention among Democrats | MEE staff | Tue, 10/13/2020 – 15: 55 | Representative Grace Meng is using her influence among Democrats to push for the appointment of Muslim judges to the federal bench (AFP) | The vi…
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The Race for Arizona State House District 20
aclu.org | 2020-10-13
The outcome of the race for the House in Arizona District 20 could determine important policies during the next legislative session., , If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion could become illegal in Arizona., , Judy Schwiebert pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. Shawnna Bolick and Anthony Kern pledged to vote to prohibit abortion care except in rare cases. | IssueShawnna BolickJudy SchwiebertAnthony Kern | Has pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. | No | Yes | No | |

Source: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona C…
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The Race for Arizona State House District 23
aclu.org | 2020-10-13
The outcome of the race for the House in Arizona District 23 could determine important policies during the next legislative session., , If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion could become illegal in Arizona. , , Eric Kurland pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. John Kavanagh and Joseph Chaplick pledged to vote to prohibit abortion care except in rare cases. | IssueEric, KurlandJoseph, ChaplickJohn, Kavanagh | Has pledged to support legislation that keeps abortion safe and legal. | Yes | No | No | | Source: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Candida…
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Senate Dems raise threat to health care as Barrett hearings open
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-10-13
WASHINGTON—The latest Republican dog-and-pony show, officially called Senate committee hearings on Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, opened Oct. 12 with the panel's Democrats stating should she join the other justices, health care for at least 130 million people would be changed for the worse or killed. That threat to the 10-year-old …
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The Heat: Supreme Court battle and US presidential race
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2020-10-13
The US Supreme Court battle begins in Washington. Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee to formally introduce herself to the American people.
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